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COVID-19 situation in Mizoram turns from bad to worse

 Staff Reporter Aizawl, May 13:

The Covid-19 situation in Mizoram is deteriorating at a faster rate than the rest of the NE states even as Assam, which is the most populated state in the region, remains at the top with maximum number of active cases and fatalities.


Barring Manipur, which has nearly 5,000 active cases, the other states so far have adequate beds, ICUs and ventilators.


Owing the to surge in cases, a large number of patients are undergoing treatment on the floor of the state-run Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) in Imphal East, portraying a grim scene witnessed in metro cities of the country.


Advisor to Manipur CM MLA Sapam Ranjan Singh said the number of Covid care centres has been increased across the state and supply of medical oxygen in hospitals is enhanced as well. Stating that JNIMS authorities are extending their best efforts to manage the excess number of patients, Ranjan said an extra 100-bed dedicated Covid ward would be set up there soon for which the process has already been started.


Mizoram has an active caseload of 2010, which is the second lowest after Arunachal Pradesh’s 1,924 active cases on Tuesday.


But between May 4 and 11, the number of new cases in the state has grown by an average of 2.5% every day, which is the highest for any NE state. Mizoram state nodal officer of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP) Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma said there was no problem about ICUs, ventilators and oxygen supply as of now even as the case count is increasing daily.


Despite having a high active caseload of over 40,000 on Tuesday, Assam’s rate of growth of new cases in the last one week was 1.8%. Tripura had the smallest growth rate of 0.8% in the same period, followed by Arunachal Pradesh with 1%, Manipur with 1.4%, Nagaland with 1.7% and Meghalaya 1.8%.


Arunachal Pradesh has the least active caseload of 1924, Mizoram has the least number of fatalities of 23. Assam tops the list with 39264 active cases and 1838 deaths till Tuesday. Till Tuesday, Nagaland’s active caseload is 3081 and 156 fatalities. Manipur has an active caseload of 4981 and there were 509 deaths so far. Tripura has an active caseload of 3368 and 419 deaths and Meghalaya has 3381 active cases and has witnesses 250 deaths so far.


(Source: Newslinks Vol-XXIII No. 99 Aizawl May 14, Friday 2021)