Aizawl: At least 169 people, including 12 policemen who returned from West Bengal after election duty, have tested positive for novel coronavirus in Mizoram, taking the state’s COVID-19 caseload to 7,551, an official said on Sunday.

So far, 287 police personnel out of 705, who had gone for poll duty in West Bengal and Assam, have tested COVID-19 positive, the official said.

The 12 policemen, who initially tested negative for COVID-19, have been placed under quarantine since they arrived in the state in April, he said.

Of the 169 new cases, 105 cases are from Aizawl district, 11 from Lunglei district, 12 cases each from Siaha and Kolasib districts, ten from Saitual district, seven from Serchhip district, eight from Khawzawl district and 4 cases were from Mamit district.

At least 2,667 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, registering an infection rate of 6.37 per cent, the official said.

Fifty-two patients have travel history while the rest contracted the infection locally, he said.

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Of the 169 patients, 56 have developed symptoms of COVID-19. Mizoram now has 1,951 active cases, while 5,583 people have recovered from the infection.

The recovery rate is 73.94 per cent. The COVID-19 death toll in the state is 17.

The north eastern state has conducted 3,28,901 samples test to date. According to state immunisation officer Dr Lalzawmi, as many as 2,25,852 people have been administered the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine till Saturday.

Of this, 47,945 people have received the second dose of vaccine, she said.

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