Aizawl: Mizoram continued to register a spike in novel coronavirus cases despite lockdown-like restrictions followed by a complete lockdown imposed in Aizawl and other district headquarters since April 20.

The northeastern state reported 201 new cases in the last 24 hours with a positivity rate of 7 per cent, according to a statement by state information and public relations department.

The total COVID-19 count has now reached 8,377, of which 2,150 are active while 6,204 people have recovered from the infection.

The state has also reported 23 COVID-19 fatalities so far.

Of the fresh 201 cases, 50 were confirmed at Zoram Medical College’s RT-PCR laboratory, 9 at TrueNat facilities and 142 were detected through Rapid Antigen Test, the statement said.

As many as 143 cases were reported from Aizawl district, 37 from Lunglei, six each from Kolasib and Champhai, three each from Serchhip and Lawngtlai, two from Mamit and one case from Saitual district, it said.

Two Border Security Force (BSF) jawans and one Indian Army man were among the newly infected people, it said.

Besides, more than 40 children, including a three-month old baby, have also tested positive for the infection, the statement said.

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While 17 patients have travel history, the rest were found to have locally contracted the virus. Of the 201 patients, 83 have developed symptoms of COVID-19.

Mizoram has tested 3,39,955 samples till date.

State immunisation officer Dr Lalzawmi said that as many as 2,31,589 people have been administered the first dose of Covishield and 51,744 of them have received both doses of vaccine till Thursday.

The state is yet to launch vaccination for people in the age group of 18 and 44 years.

From April 20, the state government had imposed lockdown like restrictions in Aizawl and district headquarters, which was followed by a complete lockdown since May 10.

The total lockdown will remain in force till 4 am on May 17.

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