Guwahati: Amid a sharp spike in nationwide cases, Nagaland has registered 7 more cases of the coronavirus on Sunday. With these fresh cases, the tally of active cases in the Northeast Indian state rose to 42.
"Out of 92 samples tested, 4 Female and 3 Male, all returnees from Chennai, have tested COVID19 +ve. 4 are from Kohima and 3 are Dimapur", Nagaland Health Minister S Phangnyu Phom tweeted earlier in the day.
Update:— S Pangnyu Phom (@pangnyu) May 31, 2020
Out of 92 samples tested,
4 Female & 3 Male, all returnees from Chennai has tested COVID19 +ve.
4 at Kohima & 3 at Dimapur.
As on: 7:25 am, 31st May, we have 43 active cases.
It may be recalled here that Nagaland reported its first cases of the virus on Tuesday, May 26, after three persons who had returned from Chennai tested positive. Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio in a tweet said: "Unfortunately, two persons in Dimapur and one in Kohima have been tested positive for COVID-19. Please do not panic. We need to handle it with utmost care and responsibility. Necessary action of contact tracing and containment measures are being taken and situation closely monitored."
Since then, controversy has erupted in the district amid reports that the returnees are being sent to their own districts before their results are out. At the same time, total coronavirus cases in India have increased to 182,143 while the death toll has gone up to 5,164, according to figures released today morning by the Union Health Ministry.