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Aizawl: At least 14 people, including 12 truckers, have tested positive for novel coronavirus in Mizoram in the last 24 hours, taking the state’s tally to 874, a health department official said.

There are 472 active patients in the state, of which 201 (42.58 %) are security personnel. The official also said that the new cases were reported from Aizawl district (2) and Kolasib district (12).

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Among the newly infected persons from Aizawl district is a 51-year-old man, who had been quarantined at a government facility before being tested positive for the virus. The other is a 23-year-old man, who worked at a filling station in Aizawl.

The official said that the 12 COVID-19 infected persons from Kolasib district are truck drivers, who came from neighbouring Assam and Meghalaya. The patients aged between 17 and 48 years are out of danger, as all of them did not develop any symptoms of COVID-19, said the official.

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According to him at least 18 people including four Assam Rifles personnel and 11 BSF jawans, were discharged from COVID care centers on Thursday. With the 18 people, a total of 402 people have recovered so far.

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Meanwhile, the state government has imposed a four-day complete lockdown in the state capital since Sunday night to facilitate extensive tracing and testing of people, who came in contact with COVID-19 infected persons and to carry out random test among high-risk groups within Aizawl municipal area in a bid to thwart community spread.

State health department spokesperson on COVID-19 Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma said that at least 215 samples have been tested during the conduct of random tests in the Aizawl city area since Tuesday and all of them came out as negative. Meanwhile, the state government extended the complete lockdown imposed in the state capital to facilitate extensive tracing and testing of people till 4.30 am on August 24.

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