A legislator in Nagaland, Mhathung Yanthan, has tested positive for COVID19 on Wednesday.

He is the first legislator in the state to have tested positive for the virus.

“Although my Covid-19 test rprt came out +ve, I show no symptoms and m doing absolutely fine,” Yanthan tweeted.

He said he is in home isolation and under proper care.

“I’m hopeful that I’ll emerge healthier and stronger. Thank u all for ur concern and wishes. Keep me in your prayers,” Yanthan, who is also the advisor to the department of horticulture and border affairs, Nagaland, said.

Another legislator R Khing tweeted, “As per protocol for the upcoming Assembly session, I tested for #Covid-19 & the result is –ve. Unfortunately, 2 support staff tested +ve & are in Covid Care Centre.”

Khing said he self quarantined himself at home as a precautionary measure, adhering to the existing SOP and will continue to work from home.

Nagaland Assembly Speaker Sharingain Longkumer on July 25 directed that all those, including ministers, advisers, MLAs, officers and staff of Assembly secretariat, who come to the Assembly secretariat premises on July 30 for the one-day session of the Assembly to undergo the COVID19 test and carry the test results with them.

Meanwhile, principal secretary (home) Abhijit Sinha said Nagaland’s COVID19 positive tally stood at 1,513 on Wednesday after the detection of 53 new cases.

In his routine briefing, Sinha said the total active cases are 913 while 595 patients recovered and four died of infections.

As per the severity of symptoms, all the 913 active cases are asymptomatic.

He said the positive persons are receiving medical care at the designated COVID19 hospitals and Covid care centres.

Active surveillance and contact tracing are also in progress to prevent further spread of the infection, he said.

Sinha said, till date, altogether 22,766 samples have been sent for testing through RT-PCR and results of 21,009 samples have been received.

Out of the 15,990 samples received at the BSL-3 lab at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima, 14,024 samples have been tested and 1,030 tested positive.

In addition, 15,580 samples have been sent for testing on Truenat and 535 samples have tested positive, which have been sent for confirmation by RT-PCR.

A total of 2,451 persons are presently under facility quarantine, he added.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com