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Aizawl: Mizoram continued to register a spike in COVID-19 cases as 725 more people have tested positive for the infection in the last 24 hours, pushing the state’s tally to 29,020, a health department official said on Wednesday.

Of the 725 new COVID-19 cases, 111 were detected during mass testing drive held in six localities or pockets within Aizawl Municipal Corporation (AMC) area, he said.

Forty-four cases were confirmed at an RT-PCR laboratory in Zoram Medical College (ZMC), while 647 cases were detected through Rapid Antigen Test and the remaining 34 cases were detected through TrueNat tests, he said.

More than 138 children were among the newly infected people, he said.

The single-day positivity rate has risen to 16 per cent from 10.85 per cent on Tuesday.

Aizawl district reported the highest number of fresh cases at 461, followed by Kolasib (116), Lunglei (72), Mamit (33), Lawngtlai (25), Siaha (16) and Serchhip (2).

According to the official, 342 patients were diagnosed with Covid-19 during contact tracing and it is to ascertain how the remaining 383 patients contracted the virus.

Of the 725 patients, 651 patients have developed symptoms of COVID-19, he said.

Mizoram now has 6,833 active COVID-19 cases while 22,061 people have recovered from the infection, including 373 on Tuesday, he said.

The COVID-19 death toll in the state has risen to 126 as a 73-year-old man from Aizawl succumbed to the infection at Zoram Medical College (ZMC) on Tuesday night.

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The Northeastern state has tested over 5.69 lakh samples for COVID-19, including 4,530 in the last 24 hours.

The recovery rate among COVID-19 patients is 76 per cent and death rate is 0.43 per cent.

According to state immunisation officer Dr Lalzawmi, over 6.11 lakh people have been inoculated till Tuesday.

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