About 1,744 samples were tested in Mizoram on Saturday, of which 30 were found to be positive for COVID-19 Credit: Representational image 

Aizawl: At least 30 people, including 17 Assam Rifles personnel in Mizoram, have tested positive for novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking the state’s tally to 1,578, an official said.

The official said that about 1,744 samples were tested on Saturday of which one case was confirmed at Zoram Medical College (ZMC), 26 cases through TrueNat machines at various district hospitals and 3 cases were confirmed using Rapid Antigen Test from two districts.

Of the 30 cases, 20 were reported from Lunglei district, 4 each from Kolasib and Lawngtlai districts, one each from Aizawl and Mamit districts, he said.

He said that all the patients are asymptomatic and out of danger.

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Apart from a patient in Aizawl district, all the patients have come from other states and were placed under quarantine before they tested positive for COVID-19, he said.

According to the official, 17 Assam Rifles personnel, who have been quarantined at Kawmzawl facility in Lunglei district, four construction workers of the Border Road Organisation (BRO) from Jharkhand who are currently in Lawngtlai district and two truck drivers, who have come from Assam, were among the newly 30 infected people.

Of the 30 patients, only four are state residents while the remaining 26 are outsiders (non-state residents), he added.

The total number of active patients now stands at 588 of which 153 are security personnel.

With 17 people discharged from hospitals on Saturday, at least 990 people have been declared recovered from the virus registering a recovery rate of 62.74 per cent on Sunday, according to health department.

As many as 60,759 samples have been tested, including 1,744 samples on Saturday, the department said.

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