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Aizawl: The ongoing lockdown in Aizawl would be extended by a week to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission in Mizoram, especially in the state capital, an official said on Friday.

The meeting of various departments, which deal with COVID-19, and representatives of churches, NGOs and local task forces presided over by health minister Dr R. Lalthangliana on Friday unanimously agreed to extend lockdown in Aizawl by a week as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state, Medical Operational Team on COVID-19 chairman and ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) MLA Dr ZR Thiamsanga said.

The same unlock guidelines will be applicable in other parts of the state, he said.

He said that the meeting reviewed about the existing lockdown and COVID-19 scenario in the state.

The ongoing lockdown in Aizawl was scheduled to be lifted on June 14. However, it will now be in force till June 21.

Meanwhile, an official statement said that the State Executive Committee on State Disaster Management Authority will devise new guidelines as per necessity.

The meeting also decided to expedite the vaccination drive for people in the age group of 18-44 years, the statement said.

According to state immunisation officer Dr Lalzawmi, 2,85,073 people, including 37,295 beneficiaries of the 18-44 age group, have been administered the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine till Friday.

Of the 2,85,073 beneficiaries, 52,956 have received both the doses, she said.

State nodal officer of Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma said 58 per cent of COVID-19 cases detected in April were locally transmitted.

The local transmission rate has skyrocketed as it accounted for 98 per cent of COVID-19 cases found between May 1 and June 10, he said.

So far, 61 people have succumbed to the infection since October last year and 60 per cent of them had comorbidities, he said.

During this year, at least 53 COVID-19 fatalities were reported in the state, of which 25 were recorded in May, he said.

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According to health officials, the state now has 49 COVID-19 Care Centres (CCC) with a capacity of 2,479 across the state, including 15 in Aizawl.

Besides, there are 168 Community Covid-19 Care Centres (CCCC), which can accommodate 3,519 patients and two paid CCC with a capacity of 41, they said.

Zoram Medical College (ZMC) is the only dedicated COVID-19 hospital in the state.

Mizoram on Friday reported 210 COVID-19 cases, taking the state’s tally to 14,743.

At least 200 people were discharged from various COVID-19 Care facilities, which took the total recovery to 11,304. The state now has 3,378 COVID-19 active cases.

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