Aizawl: A study has revealed that as many as 85 per cent of COVID-19 cases in Mizoram’s capital Aizawl were found to have transmitted through close contact with friends and neighbours, a health department official said Wednesday.

The study conducted by the medical operational team on COVID-19 headed by ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) MLA Dr ZR Thiamsanga during lockdown has revealed that 85 per cent of COVID-19 positive cases in Aizawl were transmitted from visiting each other by neighbours and meeting with friends in the same neighbourhood despite restrictions imposed during lockdown, the official said.

He said that the nature of COVID-19 transmission in least 14 localities of Aizawl was studied during the exercise.

Of the 15,837 samples tested during the assessment period, 2, 522 (15.92 per cent) came out as positive for COVID-19, he said.

The study also found that COVID-19 case was nil among people who regularly and appropriately wear masks. The transmission rate was also low among those who strictly adhered to COVID-19 protocols or Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), he said.

According to the officials, people in the same neighbourhood often visit each other, meet and interact with each other during lockdown, which was one of the main reasons behind rising COVID-19 cases in the state despite lockdown being imposed for nearly 2 months to break the chain of transmission.

Meanwhile, state nodal officer of Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma said that as many as 9,520 COVID-19 cases were reported between April 1 and June 7.

Of this, 1, 325 patients have travel history, while 8,195 were found to have locally contracted the infection.

Among the locally infected patients, 5,376 have contacts with COVID-19 patients and it is to ascertain how the remaining 2,819 patients contracted the infection, he said.

He said that 56% of the COVID-19 patients have developed symptoms of COVID-19 while 44 per cent were asymptomatic.

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Meanwhile, a 37-year-old woman succumbed to the infection on Wednesday, which took the death toll in the state to 58.

The northeastern state on Wednesday reported 203 COVID-19 cases, taking the state’s tally to 14,194. The number of active cases now stands at 3,270 while 10,866 people have recovered from the infection.

At least 97 people were discharged from various COVID-19 Care Centres on Wednesday. The recovery rate is 76.56 per cent and death rate is 0.41 per cent.

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  1. Since extensive lockdown is proving to be ineffective to control infection in Aizawl, one thing that can be done is to shift all covid positive people to covid care centres instead of allowing home isolation for any. That may be possible now since many people are being discharged regularly

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