Nagaland reports 8 fresh cases of COVID-19

    01-Jul-2020
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Newmai News Network
DIMAPUR, Jun 30 : Nagaland reported 8 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, taking the tally to 459, according to the State Health Department. Out of this 168 have recovered and there are 291 active cases of COVID-19 in the State as of Tuesday.
Meanwhile, with the announcement by the State Government that the lockdown will be extended till July 15 from July 1, Nagaland is all set to go through another two weeks of lockdown even as the State is witnessing the rise of COVID-19 cases in the past few weeks.
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said that the Cabinet had taken the decision to extend the lockdown “in view of the increased number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the State”.
According to the Chief Minister, the Cabinet decision was “taken based on the report by the Medical and Home Departments as well as the opinions of various districts, who have recommended for the lockdown extension”.
It can be mentioned here that Nagaland has two laboratories for COVID-19 testing—one in Kohima and the other in Dimapur.
The biosafety level-2 (BSL-2) laboratory at the Christian Institute of Health Sciences & Research (CIHSR) in Dimapur was inaugurated a few days ago.
It is also worthwhile to note here that Nagaland’s first Biosafety Level (BSL)-3 lab for COVID-19 testing was inaugurated at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) on May 21.
Prior to this development, samples from the State were taken to Assam or Manipur for COVID-19 testing.
It can also be noted here that Nagaland had already received 45 new ventilators from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India, on June 24.
Earlier, the State had 39 ventilators-13 in Dimapur, 9 in Kohima and the rest one or two each in various districts of the State.