Nagaland MLA, 52 others test positive for COVID-19

COVID-19 infection in Nagaland as of July 29, 3 PM.

COVID-19 infection in Nagaland as of July 29, 3 PM.

Morung Express News
Kohima | July 29

A Nagaland legislator and his bodyguard have tested positive for COVID-19. In other cases, a driver and bodyguard attached to two legislators also tested positive for COVID-19.

The development comes after the Speaker of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly directed mandatory testing for all legislators, their drivers and bodyguards prior to the Assembly session which was scheduled for July 30. The tests were conducted on July 26, 27 and 28.

An official from the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) confirmed the news and said that there was ‘misinformation’ in the name list of people who tested negative, which was issued by the Nagaland Assembly Secretariat on July 28.

It may be noted that the name of the legislator whose name was mentioned in the negative list was tested positive for COVID-19 along with his driver.

The official clarified that the tests results were out only this morning, and they have mentioned the ‘awaited’ result as ‘negative.’

He however, said they are all asymptomatic and they will be under home isolation under certain conditions. It was also informed that all contacts are being traced.

Meanwhile, Advisor for Horticulture, Mhathung Yanthan who tested positive for COVID-19 along with his bodyguard self-declared on the micro-blogging site Twitter. “Although my COVID-19 test report can positive, I show no symptoms and am doing absolutely fine. Currently, I am in home isolation and under proper care. I am hopeful that I'll emerge healthier and stronger," Yanthan tweeted.

He also appreciated all for their concerns and wishes and appealed to keep him in prayers.

Advisor for Veterinary R Khing also took to Twitter to announce that although he was tested negative, two of his support staff had tested positive for COVID-19.

"Unfortunately, two support staff tested positive and are in COVID Care Center. As precautionary measure, I am on self quarantine, adhering to the existing SOP and will continue to work from home," the Advisor tweeted.

Recovery rate at 39 %

Overall, out of the total 53 new cases on Wednesday, 28 were reported from Dimapur, 19 from Kohima and 5 from Mon. 

Data provided by the H&FW indicated 18 recoveries with a recovery rate of 39%. The state has seen a total of 595 recoveries so far.

With this, the total tally of COVID-19 infection in Nagaland as of July 29 stood at 1513, with 913 active cases.

While the State has witnessed 5 deaths among COVID-19 positive patients, officials maintained that one is not due to the virus. 

“1 tested positive but death is not due to COVID-19,” a disclaimer on the Nagaland COVID-19 Dashboard stated.