Aizawl: At least 123 people, including 4 policemen who returned to Mizoram after executing their duties in West Bengal assembly polls, have tested positive for novel coronavirus, pushing Mizoram’s COVID-19 caseload to 8,499, an official said on Saturday.

As many as 38 cases were confirmed at Zoram Medical College’s RT-PCR laboratory, while six cases were confirmed at TrueNat facilities and 79 were detected through Rapid Antigen Test, he said.

Of the 123 fresh cases, 101 were reported from Aizawl district, eight from Kolasib, six from Serchhip, four from Kolasib, two from Lunglei and one each from Champhai and Hnahthial districts.

Two healthcare workers and 29 children, including a month-old baby, were among the newly infected people, the official said.

Seven patients have travel history, while 76 were diagnosed with Covid-19 during contact tracing and it is to ascertain how the remaining 40 patients contracted the virus, he said.

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As many as 56 patients have developed symptoms of COVID-19 and the rest 67 are asymptomatic, he added.

Mizoram now has 2,065 active cases, while 6,411 people have recovered from the infection. The death toll in the state is 23.

The northeastern state has conducted 1,661 samples test in the last 24 hours and 7.40 per cent of them came out positive for Covid-19.

So far, 3,43,577 samples have been tested.

According to state immunization officer Dr Lalzawmi, as many as 2,32,737 people have been administered the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine till Friday and 51,890 of them have received both the doses.

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