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Aizawl: At least 64 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Mizoram in the last 24 hours. This is the highest single-day spike in the state ever since the first COVID-19 positive case was detected on March 24, an official said.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the Northeastern state has now risen to 777, of which 647 are male and 130 are female. Earlier on August 2, Mizoram reported 55 COVID-19 cases, which was then the highest single-day count before the new tally, the official said.

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Of the 64 new cases, 50 cases, including six local transmission cases, were reported from Aizawl district while 14 cases were reported from Kolasib district bordering Assam, he said.

Among the new patients included 40 security personnel and 14 truck drivers and their helpers, who came from outside the state.

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Barring seven state residents, 57 newly infected patients are outsiders, according to the official. Quoting the latest information, the official said that at least three neighbourhoods in Aizawl and three villages in Aizawl district have observed self-imposed complete lockdown in their respective areas after local transmission cases were reported.

He said that the government was tracing people, who came in contact with the new patients. According to the health department, the total number of active cases now stands at 421, which surpassed the total of people recovered- 356. The recovery rate has declined to 45.81 percent.

The department said that a total of 25,929 samples have been tested till Saturday evening and about 2.99 percent of them tested positive for COVID-19.

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