State health minister convenes special meeting in view of spike in COVID-19 cases among security personnel Credit: Representational image

Aizawl: Amid rising COVID-19 cases among security personnel, the Mizoram government on Sunday decided to create a separate Covid-19 care Centre or hospital for treating security personnel.

Health minister, Dr R Lalthangliana convened an emergent meeting with other ministers and top officials on Sunday given the spike in Covid-19 case among security personnel, an official statement said.

The meeting observed that it is not medically healthy to treat civilian patients and Covid-19 infected security personnel in the same Covid-19 care centre or hospital, it said.

The meeting decided to reserve Nursing school (Covid-19 care centre) in Serchhip town for BSF jawans. At the same time, AYUSH hospital at Thenzawl in Serchhip district and Tribal Art Centre at Tanhril in Aizawl have been kept aside for treating paramilitary forces and other forces.

Apart from these, Assam Rifles has their Covid-19 care Centre at Zokhawsang near Aizawl.

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Beraw COVID-19 care centre and Multipurpose centre at ITI locality in Aizawl is for treating civilians. The Zoram Medical College is declared dedicated COVID-19 hospital in the state with 64 beds.

The meeting also decided to frame guidelines for security personnel to take care of quarantine. Lalthangliana informed the meeting that 10 Truelab Quattro Real-Time Quantitative Micro PCR Machines will be brought to the state this week for 10 districts.

Mizoram on Sunday reported the highest single-day spike of novel coronavirus with 55 people testing, an official said, breaking the July 10 record of 51 positive cases. The fresh cases are, 54 from Aizawl district and 1 from Lunglei district, the official said. Forty-seven of the newly infected people were security personnel while 8, including a woman, were civilian. All of the infected persons have returned from different parts of the country. Of the 8 civilians, 2 contracted the virus from a Covid-19 patient, he said.

Mizoram reported first Covid-19 case on March 24, since then at least 468 people have been found infected with the virus so far. One has migrated to Assam.

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Of the total 468 cases, 230 (49.14%) are security personnel and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) staffers while 238 (50.85%) are civilians.

There 215 active cases in the state, of which 76.74 per cent are security personnel and NDRF staffers while 23.25 per cent are civilians

At least 253 people including 65 security personnel have recovered from the virus. The recovery rate is estimated at 54 per cent.

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