Aizawl: Mizoram, which emerged relatively unscathed in the first wave of COVID-19, is now firmly in the grip of the second wave after another 62 policemen, who recently returned from West Bengal after poll duty, were among the 238 people diagnosed with COVID-19.
The state’s total now stands at 6,794, an official said on Wednesday. The state’s death toll now stands at 17.
The policemen have been in quarantine after arriving in the last week of April, he said.
According to the official, at least 3,218 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, of which 7.40 per cent emerged positive for COVID-19, the highest ever single-day spike in the state.
Besides two Assam Rifles personnel, a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan, two healthcare workers and six from one family were among the newly infected people, he said.
State health minister Dr R. Lalthangliana admitted that the state is now in critical condition due to a combination of COVID-19 cases coupled with facility crunch.
He said that Mizoram had the lowest COVID-19 cases and fatalities in India until March this year.
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However, the state registered a spike in COVID-19 cases since April this year, which prompted the state government to imposed stringent guidelines to curtail the rising COVID-19 transmission, he said.
While the number of COVID-19 detected in March was only 55, the state reported 1,655 cases in April, and at least 425 cases were detected within three days in May, he said.
He also said that at least four people have succumbed to the infection in recent weeks, pushing the total death toll to 17.
“We are now in critical condition, and there is a danger of the situation going out of control if this trend continues,” Lalthangliana said.
According to the minister, community spread is pretty serious, and even villages are no longer safe.
He urged the people to respect the lockdown guidelines, social distancing and other COVID-19 protocols.
Of the fresh cases, 146 cases were from Aizawl district, 42 from Serchhip district, 27 from Mamit district, seven from Lawngtlai district, eight from Kolasib, and four each from Lunglei and Saitual districts.
Of the infected patients, 92 have travel history while 92 others were diagnosed with COVID-19 during contact tracing. The government is yet to ascertain the remaining 54 patients contracted the virus, he said. A total of 103 patients have developed symptoms of COVID-19, while the rest are asymptomatic, he added.
The state has tested 3,16,793 samples to date.
According to the state immunisation officer, 2,16,789 people, including 54,924 senior citizens, have been administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine till Tuesday.
Of this, 46,751 beneficiaries have received full doses of the vaccine, he said.