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7 more test positive in Nagaland

By Correspondent

DIMAPUR, June 13 - Seven more persons tested positive in Nagaland today, taking the State�s COVID-19 tally to 163.

Currently, there are 87 active cases in the State as 76 patients had already recovered, Planning Minister Neiba Kronu said. He said all the 87 patients are asymptomatic.

Kronu said out of the 5,945 samples tested in the State till date, 4,616 test results have been received and 1,329 are awaited.

The minister said altogether 6,774 peoples are currently under facility quarantine and 1,775 under home quarantine.

Stating that the infrastructure installation at the BSL-2 laboratory here is in the final stage, Kronu said the verification and registration process with the Indian Council of Medical Research would start thereafter. The laboratory is expected to become functional soon.

He said earnest efforts were being made to augment the COVID-19 capacity in Dimapur by setting up a COVID Care Centre (CCC) for management of asymptomatic positive cases and to decongest the COVID-19 hospitals.

The CCC at Chumukedima, which will be managed by the Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research, Dimapur, will become functional in the next couple of days.

To augment the capacity of COVID-19 facilities, a 50-bed COVID-19 hospital has also been made operational by the Assam Rifles at the Assam Rifles Training Centre at Shokhuvi, Kronu said.

He added that five medical officers have been deployed out of the 27 doctors who were recruited recently to supplement the medical manpower in Dimapur.

Kronu said further recruitment is being carried out and more manpower will be deputed as and when recruitment for the newly created posts of doctors and nurses takes place.

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