The rate of COVID infection in Mizoram stands at 11 per 1,000, a state official said.
This number is based on the Mizoram population, which stands at 10.91 lakh as per the 2011 census.

Mizoram reported its first COVID-19 case on March 24 last year and first COVID-19 death on October 28 that year.

So far, the state has registered 12,634 COVID-19 positive patients, which represents 1.16 per cent of the total population as per the last census. The death toll stands at 44.

According to state spokesperson on COVID-19 Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma, at least 8,158 COVID-19 cases were reported in two months in the ongoing second wave since April this year against 6,131 cases reported in over 12 months between March 2020 to March 2021, the period labelled as the first wave of the pandemic.

While 11 people died due to COVID-19 during the first wave, 33 people have succumbed to the infection since April this year, said the official.

The majority of the COVID-19 victims had comorbid status, the official added.

About 6,268 COVID-19 cases were detected last month (May), with Aizawl district contributing the highest cases at 4,363, which accounted for 69.62 per cent of the total cases found in the state last month.

The state reported more than 1,650 Covid-19 cases in April.

The growth rate of COVID-19 cases is alarming in a small state like Mizoram, he said.

While the infection rate in April was 3.10 per cent, it was 7.20 per cent in May.

Of the 6,268 COVID-19 patients detected in May, only 26 per cent have a travel history, while the rest were locally infected, according to Pachuau. He said that the local transmission rate now is growing at a much faster pace as compared to the imported cases rate.

Quoting a report, Pachuau attributed the high local transmission rate to complacency, negligence of maintaining COVID-19-appropriate behaviour, and the social life of the people.

He said that Mizoram has a close-knit and friendly society where people visit each other in their respective neighbourhood, which could have been one of the main reasons behind the spike in COVID-19 despite lockdown.

He said that lockdowns used to have good impacts in curtailing the chain of Covid-19 transmission last year, but such a trend did not happen this year.

Starting from April 20, the Mizoram Government imposed lockdown-like restrictions, followed by a complete lockdown from May 10 in Aizawl and other district headquarters to break the chain of local transmission.

However, the complete lockdown was lifted on Monday in other district headquarters barring Aizawl, where it will remain in force till June 7. Mizoram on Wednesday reported 235 Covid-19 cases with an infection rate of 6.26 per cent.

At least 44 people have succumbed to the infection so far. The state’s Covid-19 count is 12,634 of which 3,137 are active. The recovery rate in the state is 74.83 per cent as 9,453 people have recovered from the infection.

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