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2nd wave of COVID more aggressive, says Nagaland Heath Dept

It has expressed concern on the increase of positive cases day by day and ascribed the ‘careless behaviour’ of the people in following COVID-19 appropriate behaviours.

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Kohima: The Directorate of Health & Family Welfare has informed that the second wave of COVID-19 virus is ‘much more aggressive’ than the previous year’s and it has targeted people aged between 30 to 40 years.

According to a statement issued by the Nagaland Health and Family Department said as per the data, people aged between 30 to 40 years are the most affected by the COVID-19 with 248 cases from January till April 18 and there have been a total of 13 deaths in the current year. It said according to the general observation of the data; it was believed that due to the vaccination, there has been less mortality rate among those people belonging to 80 years and above. Moreover the usual flu-like symptoms, new symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, nerve problem and conjunctivitis like infection are being observed in the new wave of COVID-19, it said.

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It has expressed concern on the increase of positive cases day by day and ascribed the ‘careless behaviour’ of the people in following COVID-19 appropriate behaviours. Citing the rise of cases in Dimapur district, it said Dimapur has the highest rise in case but our people are being careless about COVID-19 appropriate behaviours and they still behave as if nothing is happening. One of the main causes of steep rise in cases is the people coming back to the State. It stated that discussion was held in the Cabinet meeting on how Dimapur should have a separate protocol and how the other districts should take precautionary measures from people coming to the State. It also maintained that more resources are being spent on ‘crowd controlling’ and expressed that if people can follow the COVID-19 appropriate behaviours at all time, it will greatly ease the burden of all involved.

It was also informed that WHO has offered to assist the Department in setting up makeshift hospitals, to which the department has put forth the necessity to set up the same in the State. As the random testing has started in Dimapur, other districts particularly the CMOs and MS have been asked to increase testing in their districts. In a testing few months back, that has been carried out only ‘on demands.’ it implied on the need to increase random testing across the State for the safety of the people, it said.

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