Aizawl: At least 198 people, including 24 personnel of security forces, have tested positive for novel coronavirus in Mizoram, pushing the state’s COVID-19 caseload to 6,556, an official said on Tuesday.

Seventy-six cases were confirmed at Zoram Medical College’s RT-PCR lab, 2 at TrueNat facilities and 120 cases were detected through Rapid Antigen Test, he said.

Of the fresh cases, Aizawl district reported the highest at 148, followed by Siaha district, which reported 31 cases (out of which 30 were found during random test), he said.

Kolasib district reported nine cases, Serchhip and Saitual districts reported two each, Lunglei district four and a case each was reported from Mamit and Lawngtlai districts.

Twenty-two personnel of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), two of Border Security Force (BSF) and four healthcare workers were among the newly infected people, the official said. 43 patients have travel history, while the rest were found to have locally contracted the infection.

Of the 198 patients, 58 have developed symptoms of COVID-19.

Mizoram now has 1,427 active cases, while 5,112 people have recovered from the virus. The COVID-19 death toll in the state is 17.

The state has conducted 3,13,575 samples test till date, including 3,517 on Monday.

State immunisation officer Dr Lalzawmi said that 2,13,526 people have been administered the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine till Monday and 46231 of them have received both the doses.

Meanwhile, the state government has issued revised lockdown guidelines on Monday for Aizawl and other district headquarters to ensure complete shutdown of all non-essential activities to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission.

The guidelines would remained in force till 4 am of May 11.

No resident in Aizawl municipal area and other district headquarters should step out of their homes during the lockdown, while intra-state movement or travelling outside the state will be allowed under exceptional or very essential case, the order said.

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The night curfew will be imposed between 7 pm and 4 am in all district headquarters, it said.

Places of worship, educational institutions, public parks, picnic spots, movie theatres, gymnasiums, community halls, and restaurants, shopping complexes, malls, business shops having no permission and another social gatherings shall be closed in all parts of the state during the lockdown, it said.

From now on, shops dealing with essential commodities, fish and meat, vegetables and fruits, seeds, construction materials, animal feeds, puncture works, cold storage and warehousing and e-commerce and home delivery will be open only on Saturday between 10 am and 2 pm in Aizawl and district headquarters.

Secretaries or heads of departments will make detailment order of office attendees to the smallest limit and employees, who do not attend office, must work from home, the order said.

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