Aizawl: At least 22 people, including two children and an elderly woman, have tested positive for novel coronavirus in Mizoram, taking the state’s COVID-19 caseload to 5,410, an official said on Monday.

The fresh cases were detected from 421 samples tested on Sunday and the infection rate for this particular day was 5.23 per cent, the official said.

One case was confirmed at a TrueNat lab while the remaining 21 cases were detected through Rapid Antigen Test, he said.

Of the 22 fresh cases, 12 cases were reported from Aizawl district, 4 each from Lawngtlai and Kolasib districts and 1 case each was reported from Saitual and Hnahthial districts.

Five patients have travel history while the rest 17 have locally contracted the infection, the official said. Eleven of the locally infected patients have direct contact with COVID-19 positive patients while six are being traced to ascertain how they contracted the infection, he said.

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Twelve patients have developed symptoms of COVID-19 while the rest 10 are asymptomatic, he added.

Mizoram now has 726 active cases, while 4,671 people have recovered from the infection. The COVID-19 death toll in the state is 13. The state has so far tested 2,90,415 samples.

According to state immunization officer Dr Lalzawmi, as many as 1,66,417 people, including 40,687 senior citizens have been administered the first dose of Covishield vaccine and 41,313 of them have been fully inoculated till Saturday.

Meanwhile, the state government has extended a lockdown like restrictions in all the district headquarters, including Aizawl for another seven days till 4 am of May 3 to break the chain of rising COVID-19 transmission and facilitate COVID-19 test and contact tracing.

The existing partial lockdown was supposed to be lifted on Monday after 4 am.

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