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Aizawl: Mizoram‘s COVID-19 scenario continues to worsen as the state reported 312 new cases and one fatality on Tuesday, which took the total tally to 12,399 and death toll to 41, officials sources said.

At least 3,933 new samples were tested for COVID-19 and the infection rate in the last 24 hours was 7.93 per cent, the state’s information and public relations department said in a statement.

Of the 312 fresh cases, Aizawl district registered the highest at 197, followed by Lawngtlai and Lunglei at 56 and 28 cases, respectively, it said.

Kolasib district reported 15 new cases, Siaha seven, Serchhip three, Saitual three, Mamit two and Khawzawl district reported one case.

One Indian Army person, a healthcare worker and over 49 children were among the newly infected people, the statement said.

Six patients have travel history and the rest 306 patients were found to have locally contracted the infection, it said.

Of the locally infected patients, the contact history of 101 patients is yet to be ascertained, it said.

Of the 312 patients, 209 have developed symptoms of COVID-19.

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Meanwhile, a 40-year-old policeman succumbed to the infection at Zoram Medical College (ZMC) on Tuesday morning, the information and public relations department said in its official Twitter handle.

The victim, who had gone to West Bengal for poll duty, was diagnosed with COVID-19 on May 4 a few days after his arrival in the state.

He is the second policeman tasked with West Bengal assembly poll duty in March to have died of COVID-19.

Mizoram reported at least six COVID-19 fatalities since Sunday, the highest fatality rate reported in the state in three days. The death toll now is 41.

The number of active cases now stands at 3,144, while 9,214 people have recovered from the infection.

At least 199 people were discharged from various COVID-19 care centres on Monday. The recovery rate is 74.32 per cent and the death rate is 0.33 per cent.

The state has tested 3,93,684 samples for COVID-19 till date.

According to state immunisation officer, Dr. Lalzawmi, as many as 2,58,482 people have been administered the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and out of this 52,093 people have been fully vaccinated till Monday.

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