Health dept spokesperson Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma said that 43 cases of local transmission have been reported in the state so far

Aizawl: Mizoram has not reported community transmission despite a surge in novel coronavirus cases, a top official said on Saturday.

State health department spokesperson on COVID-19, Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma, said that 43 cases of local transmission have been reported in the state so far.

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He said that no community transmission has been reported to date. “There is no community transmission despite a spike in COVID-19 cases. So far, 43 local transmission cases have been reported and those include staffers of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) posted at Lungverh near Aizawl,” he said.

Mizoram reported 56 more COVID-19 cases on Saturday, taking the state’s caseload to 713, government sources said. State information and public relations department, which handles the COVID-19 table, said on its Twitter handle that 27 cases were reported from Aizawl district, 26 from Kolasib district, and three from Lunglei district in the southern part of the state.

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It said that 26 cases were confirmed at Zoram Medical College (ZMC), three at Lunglei civil hospital, and 27 others by using Rapid Antigen Test. Of the 27 newly infected patients from Aizawl, four patients have contracted the virus from COVID-19 patients, it said.

The department said that among the 56 new patients, only eight were state residents while the rest 48 were outsiders. Meanwhile, seven Assam Rifles personnel and one BSF jawan have recovered and were discharged from COVID-19 care centres on Saturday, according to the health department.

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So far, a total of 356 people have recovered from the virus, it said. The total number of active cases stood at 357 while two patients have migrated to neighbouring Assam, it said.

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