Aizawl: A COVID-19 task force of Zoram Medical College (ZMC) on Wednesday suggested an early diagnosis of COVID-19 to avoid more fatalities in Mizoram.

Nodal officer P.C. Lalramenga said that the recent study conducted by the task force suggests that early diagnosis can effectively prevent a fatality. A person who develops symptoms of COVID-19 or is suspected to be infected with COVID-19 should go for an early test, he said.

“Although the death rate is low despite rising cases in Mizoram, the number of patients admitted at Intensive Care Unit (ICU) can’t decline. Our utmost concern is to save lives,” he said.

Dr Lalnunmawii Sailo, an Associate Professor at Anaesthesilogy department and ICU in-charge also said that many patients who have been admitted at the ICU were those who initially ignored the disease as common flu.

Some of the patients could not be saved because of late diagnosis, she said.

She also pointed out that there were some patients who were diagnosed with COVID-19 only after undergoing 4 sample tests.

Citing about the importance of vaccination, Sailo said that 16 per cent of COVID-19 patients, who died at the medical college, have been fully vaccinated, while 24 per cent of them have received the first dose.

She said that 60 per cent of those who died due to Covid-19 at ZMC did not receive COVID-19  vaccine. 

Mizoram on Wednesday reported 665 new COVID-19 cases, 288 less than the COVID-19 cases reported on the previous day, with the tally increasing to 1,14,466.

The death toll rose to 395 as four more people have succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours, he said.

The single-day positivity rate increased to 12.36 per cent from 9.82 per cent on the previous day, while the positivity rate for the past six days stood at 12.16 per cent, he said.

At least 148 children and 4 frontline workers were among the newly infected people, he said.The number of Covid-19 active cases now stands at 10,058, while 708 people have recovered on Tuesday, taking the total recovery to 1,04,013.

The state has conducted more than 12.37 lakh sample tests for COVID-19 so far, of this 5,382 samples were tested on Tuesday.

Over 6.92 lakh people have been vaccinated till Wednesday, of which 4.96 lakh people have received full dose of Covid-19 vaccine, state immunisation officer Dr Lalzawmi said. 

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