Aizawl: Mizoram has reported 653 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the state’s tally to 31,145 while three more people, including a 14-year-old girl, have succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours, which took the death toll to 134, a health department official said on Saturday.

State nodal officer of Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) and official spokesperson on COVID-19 Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma said that the 14-year old girl from Aizawl was the youngest Covid-19 victim in the state.

She has been under home isolation since she was diagnosed with COVID-19 on July 21, he said.

The two other patients, aged 74 and 37 years, died at Zoram Medical College (ZMC) on Friday night, he said.

Of the fresh 653 COVID-19 cases reported from various districts, 27 were detected during mass testing drive at Baktawng Chhuanthar Tlangnuam, a village well known for having the world’s largest family, whose family and religious head Ziona died in June this year, Pachuau said.

As many as 147 fresh cases were confirmed at RT-PCR laboratory in ZMC, while 463 cases were detected through Rapid Antigen Test and the remaining 43 were found through TrueNat tests from various districts, he said.

Of the 653 new cases, Aizawl reported the highest at 481 cases, followed by Lunglei district at 81 and Kolasib district at 38.

More than 137 children were among the newly infected people, he said.

Three patients have travel history, while 395 people were diagnosed with Covid-19 during contact tracing and it is to ascertain how the remaining 255 patients contracted the virus, he said.

Of the 653 patients, 317 have developed symptoms of COVID-19.

The single-day positivity rate was 11.78 per cent, he said.

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Mizoram now has 8,107 COVID-19 active cases, while 22,904 people have recovered from the infection.

The recovery rate among Covid-19 patients is 73.53 per cent and death rate is 0.43 per cent.

The northeastern state has tested over 5.8 lakh samples for Covid-19, including 5,543 samples in the last 24 hours.

State immunisation officer Dr. Lalzawmi said that over 6.18 lakh people have been inoculated with Covid-19 vaccine of which 1.7 lakh have received both the doses till Friday.



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