Aizawl: Mizoram deputy chief minister and Mizo National Front (MNF) senior vice president Tawnluia has tested positive for novel coronavirus, an official said.

He was diagnosed with COVID-19 through Rapid Antigen Test on Saturday morning, the official said. The 77- year-old leader developed mild symptoms and he was placed under home isolation, he said.

Tawnluia also holds various portfolios, including public health engineering, urban development and poverty alleviation, and animal husbandry and veterinary in the present Zoramthanga’s cabinet.

He was the former commander-in-chief of the disbanded Mizo National Army (MNA) during 20 years-long insurgency between 1966-1986.

The MNF leader was elected from Tuichang assembly constituency in the last assembly polls held in November 2018. He had also successfully contested the assembly polls in 1987, 1989, 1998 and 2003 and was the state home minister for two terms between 1998 and 2008.

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Mizoram on Saturday reported 235 Covid-19 cases, taking the state’s tally to 7,382.
The number of active cases now stands at 1,906 while 5459 people have recovered from the virus.

At least 17 people have succumbed to the infection so far.

Meanwhile, the state government has announced 7 days complete lockdown from 4 am of May 10 to 4 am of May 17 to curtail the rising Covid-19 cases in the state. Lockdown is also currently imposed in Aizawl and other district headquarters.

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