Kohima, Dec. 28, 2020: As new variant of COVID-19 discovered in United Kingdom, Nagaland government has decided to track and monitor passengers arriving from United Kingdom (UK). State’s department of Health and Family Welfare has issued strategies to be implemented with immediate effect to detect and contain the mutant virus.
In a press release, Dr. Vizolie Z. Suokhrie, principal director of the department, has informed that passengers who arrived from United Kingdom (UK) after December 20 would be tracked by the IDSP State Surveillance Units (SSUs) and District Surveillance Units (DSUs), and that testing as per ICMR guidelines of these passengers has to be done.
In the process, if such persons are found positive, samples from their cases are to be sent for Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) while enhanced contact tracing of positive cases would be undertaken and subsequently, all these contacts are to be admitted to facility quarantine.
It reminded that patients would be discharged only after ensuring two samples are tested negative after 14 days. Five percent of all positive cases from the state will be sent for WGS.
In view of this, all persons who have arrived in Nagaland, either Indian or foreign nationals, from the UK after December 20 have been informed to report to the respective district task force (DTF) on Covid-19 for mandatory testing.
It further asked those arriving after issuing this circular to self declare at the point of entry, inform the DTF and self isolate for necessary standard testing protocols.