Aizawl: The Mizoram government has formed a research team to conduct a scientific study on the spread of the second wave of COVID-19, state Health Minister Dr R Lalthangliana said on Tuesday. He said that the state government has formed a state research unit on COVID-19, headed by Health Secretary Lalramnghaka.

The research unit comprises of two experts each from the Zoram Medical College (ZMC) and the Mizo University (MZU), one each from Pachhunga University College (PUC) and College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry in Aizawl, and some others from the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme and the health department, he said.

State nodal officer on COVID-19, Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma, is a member secretary of the research unit, he said.

He said that the research team will conduct a scientific study on the cause and transmission of COVID-19 in the state. Besides, it will also study different subjects related to COVID-19, he added.

The health minister on Tuesday presided over the first meeting of the research unit. He said in the meeting that the exact COVID-19 situation and transmission could be known if a scientific study is conducted based on authentic data available in the state.

Knowing the present COVID-19 situation of the state will also help the state government to take preventive measures against the third wave of COVID-19, he said.

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Lalthangliana also said that the medical history of both recovered patients and victims (deaths) will be studied, which, in turn, will help the government in the treatment of COVID-19 infected people.

Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo, who attended the meeting, said that the present transmission of COVID-19 could be ascertained through scientific study and evidence.

While transmission of COVID-19 could be curtailed with the imposition of lockdown last year, the state continues to register a spike despite the imposition of lockdown this time, he said.

Starting from April 20, a lockdown was imposed in Aizawl and other district headquarters, which was followed by a complete lockdown from May 10 to break the chain of local transmission.

The total lockdown in effect in all district headquarters, including Aizawl, is scheduled to be lifted on May 31.

Mizoram, on Tuesday, reported 290 COVID-19 cases, taking the state’s tally to 10,621. The state now has 2,481 active COVID cases, while 8,106 people have recovered from the virus. At least 34 people have succumbed to the infection.

Meanwhile, Pachuau Lalmalsawma said that at least 4,490 COVID-19 positive cases were reported between May 1 to May 24, out of which 2,131 have developed symptoms of COVID-19. More than 1,200 children have been infected with COVID-19 during the same period, he said.

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