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62 cops among 238 people test positive for Covid-19

 OUR REPORTER AIZAWL, MAY 5

 

62 policemen, who recently returned from West Bengal after poll duty, were among the 238 people, who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in Mizoram, which pushed the state’s caseload to 6,794, an official said on Wednesday.

 

The policemen have been placed under quarantine since their arrival in the state in the last week of April, he said.

 

According to the official, at least 3,218 samples were tested in the last 24 hours of which 7.40 per cent came out as positive for Covid-19 to be the highest ever single-day spike in the state. Besides, two Assam Rifles personnel, a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan, two healthcare workers and 6 members from a family were among the newly infected people, he said.

 

Of the fresh cases, 146 cases were reported from Aizawl district, 42 from Serchhip district, 27 from Mamit district, 7 from Lawngtali district, 8 from Kolasib district and 4 cases each were reported from Lunglei and Saitual districts.

 

92 patients have travel history, while 92 others were diagnosed with Covid19 during contact tracing and it is to ascertain how the remaining 54 patients contracted the virus, he said.

 

103 patients have developed symptoms of Covid-19, while the rest are asymptomatic, he added. Mizoram now has 1,534 active cases, while 5,243 people have recovered from the infection. 75 people were discharged from various Covid-19 Care Centres on Wednesday.

 

The death toll in the state is 17.

 

The state has conducted 3,16,793 samples test till date.

 

According to state immunization officer, 2,16,789 people including 54,924 senior citizens have been administered the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine till Tuesday.

 

Of this, 46,751 beneficiaries have received the full dose of the vaccine, she said. Meanwhile, state health minister Dr. R. Lalthangliana said that the government is making massive efforts to set up more Covid-19 Care Centre (CCC) of Community Covid-19 Care Centre (CCCC) to cope with the facility crunch.

 

He said that the government will also ramp up oxygen and ventilator supplies.

 

The minister on Wednesday inspected Mizoram Rural Bank head office at Mizoram New Capital Complex and Agriculture directorate office at Tuikual South in Aizawl to see the feasibility for CCC or CCCC.

 

He said that more CCC or CCCC is required for Aizawl district as majority of the Covid-19 cases in the state belong to the district.

 

The health minister also held interactions with physicians on Wednesday over treatment of Covid-19 patients and Covi-19 awareness.

 

(Source: The Mizoram Post Vol. 18 Issue 323 Aizawl Thursday 06 May 2021 http://www.themizorampost.net/page-view?date=06-05-2121&page_no=1)