The newly infected patients included 40 males and 3 females Credit: Representational image

Aizawl: At least 43 people, including 17 Border Security Force (BSF) jawans and 18 truckers and their helpers, have tested positive for coronavirus in Mizoram in the last 24 hours, taking the state’s COVID-19 tally to 608, an official said.

The official said 25 cases were confirmed with the help of RT-PCR machine at Zoram Medical College (ZMC) and 18 others were confirmed using Rapid Antigen Test.

The newly infected patients included 40 male and three female.

While 24 cases were reported from Aizawl district, 18 are from Kolasib district and one from south Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district, he said.

Of the 43 patients, a doctor, who was engaged in sample collection, and two policemen contracted the virus from COVID-19 patients, he said. Among the patients included two girls aged 5 and 7.

According to the official, 17 BSF jawans had returned from Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan and have been placed under quarantine since their arrival in the state.

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As many as 18 truckers and their handymen belonged to Assam and Rajasthan and they were among those who were stranded along the National Highway -306 between Sethawn and Thingdawl villages, he said.

The state residents barring 3 positive contacts returned from Assam and Tripura, he said.

There are 312 active patients in the state while 296 people have already recovered. The recovery rate has declined from 52.29 per cent on Saturday to 48.68 per cent on Sunday. The number of active patients outnumbered the total number of recovery since the last 24 hours.

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