A person who was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Dimapur, Nagaland, has just tested positive for the new coronavirus or COVID-19, it has been confirmed. The sample of the Dimapur man was tested positive for the virus at the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), after he was referred there after showing sympotomsof the COVID-19. He is now undergoing treatment.
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The patient is reportedly from Marwari patti in Dimapur and visited Kolkata in the first week of March. On March 23, he returned from Hyderabad to Nagaland, said reports. He was shifted to Guwahati from Zion Hospital after showing symptoms of the virus.
Tweeting out about the development, Assam Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma wrote, "A private hospital in Dimapur, Nagaland referred a patient to GMCH after he was found with symptoms of . He has tested positive and is undergoing treatment."
It is pertinent to mention here that this is the first positive case of the virus in the state of Nagaland.
The break-up of the COVID-19 cases in the NE region is as follows:
Assam has reported 29 cases;
Manipur and Tripura have reported 2 cases each;
Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh have reported a single case of the virus each.
Meghalaya and Sikkim are the only states from the region which are yet to report a single case of the COVID-19 virus.
An uptick in the number of cases was observed after it came to light the several hundreds from the Northeast Indian states had attended a COVID-19 hotspot in Nizamuddin Markaz in New Delhi.
The Union Health Ministry on Sunday said that there were 8,356 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country. In the last 24 hours, the country has recorded 909 new cases and 34 fatalities. The death toll has risen to 273, as per the Government of India.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra, Telangana, Odisha and Punjab have extended their lockdown till April 30.
Maharashtra, which has already extended the lockdown till April 30, is the worst affected state with 1,895 cases and 127 deaths. Delhi has reported 1,069 cases while Tamil Nadu has 969 Coronavirus positive cases. Number of people testing positive for the virus is also on the rise in Rajasthan (796 cases), Madhya Pradesh (532 cases), Telangana (504 cases), and Uttar Pradesh (452 cases)
It may be mentioned here that the next 3-4 weeks will be critical to determine the impact of steps taken till now to curb spread of the virus, Prime MInister Narendra Modi told chief ministers on COVID-19 fight.
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