Festivals in the midst of COVID-19 is a worry : HFW

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Kohima, 26th Dec: State Health and Family Welfare Department has said that post festival surge of cases is a major worry as Nagaland continues the Christmas and New Year festivities.

With the prolonged festivities, the state can expect a major surge of cases weeks to days after the festivities unless due precautions are taken by everyone said Dr Vizolie Z Suokhrie, Principal Director of Health and Family Welfare Department, Nagaland in the weekly COVID-19 bulletin.

He said social gatherings, religious events are major risks for super spreader events unless SOPs and safety measures are followed strictly. He said isolation and testing for symptomatic and contacts of positive cases are crucial to breaking the transmission. Dr Suokhrie said that till now, 663 cases or 14% of confirmed cases from the community without any history of travel or contact with a positive case have been tested positive in flu clinics. He said this is worrying since it signifies many more undetected cases in the community.

Cautioning that one undetected case in a social gathering is enough to cause a super-spreader event, the Principal Director said isolation and testing for symptomatic and contacts of positive cases is crucial to break the transmission of the virus. He said treatment of COVID-19 disease is limited but early reporting of one’s symptoms, testing, monitoring and timely critical interventions are vital to survival.

Dr Suokhrie further appealed all to protect ourselves and the vulnerable people in the community by being more careful and responsible and also adopt COVID-19 appropriate behaviors during this crucial time.