Nagaland loses corona-free status after the return of three Chennai migrant workers
The North Eastern state of Nagaland reported three positive coronavirus cases on Monday after three individuals arrived from Chennai onboard a Shramik Express train. Nagaland, which remained free of any COVID-19 infections to date, has now lost its status of being coronavirus-free after the special train run by the government to ferry migrant workers across the country brought back 1,477 stranded people on Friday, among whom three had tested positive.
Nagaland Health Minister S. Pangnyu Phom tweeted, "First positive case reported in Nagaland. Three returnees from Chennai (Shramik Express) tested positive for COVID-19,". Speaking about the treatment being administered to the three individuals affected by the infection, he said, "They are undergoing treatment at DHD (Dimapur District Hospital) and Chedema (COVID-19 hospital at Chedema), Kohima respectively. Their condition is stable and all contact tracing are in progress,".
Up until Sunday, not a single coronavirus case was recorded in Nagaland. In April, a 33-year-old businessman from the Nagaland city of Dimapur was tested and subsequently treated, but eventually went on to be added to Assam's tally by the Union Ministry of Health and Welfare. Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio too tweeted and assured the people of the state saying, "Unfortunately, 2 persons in Dimapur and 1 in Kohima have been tested positive for COVID-19. Please don’t panic. We need to handle this with utmost care and responsibility. Necessary action of contact tracing and containment measures are being taken and situation closely monitored,".
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