Guwahati: Nearly two months after the detection of the first COVID-19 case in the Nagaland, the tally in the state on Monday (July 20) crossed the 1,000 mark.
On July 20, as many as 33 new cases were reported in the state, taking its tally of confirmed cases to 1,021. The new cases were reported from Dimapur (16), Mon (12), and Kohima (5). On the same day, 39 recoveries were reported from the districts of Peren (19), Kohima (18), and Mokokchung (2). With these new recoveries, the number of active cases in the state now stands at 537. Nagaland is yet to report a single COVID-19 fatality.
Nagaland on May 25 reported its first COVID-19 case although a person in the State's commercial hub Dimapur had tested positive after being referred to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).
Meanwhile, Nagaland health minister S Pangnyu Phom, who has been under the scanner ever since his return from an official trip to New Delhi, has announced that he has tested negative for the contagious disease.
"Have tested for COVID-19 today & result came out -ve. I will be discharged from the Facility Quarantine Centre today. However, all necessary precaution measures will be strictly adhered to as per the SOPs issued by the Govt," Phom informed via a tweet.
Deputy Chief Minister Yanthungo Patton, who had also gone to Delhi along with Phom also tested negative. "The result of the third test I underwent today for #COVID_19 has come back negative. However, I'll remain under home quarantine adhering to the existing SOP. Also, I'll continue to perform my duties", he wrote.
In another development, Kohima Deputy Commissioner Gregory Thejawelie has ordered the temporary closure of the office of the Executive Engineer, PHED (Urban), Kohima, following the detection of a COVID-19 positive case among the staff. In a notification, the DC said that the administration will shut the office for 48 hours with effect from July 20.