Aizawl: Even as COVID-19 cases continue in the rest of the country, it seems Mizoram is doing something that the other states are not.
For the third time this month, Mizoram reported no new cases of COVID-19 infection, according to the state health department.
On January 15 and January 4 also, the state had reported no new cases of coronavirus.
As per the state Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR), all tests conducted on Friday, January 22, returned negative.
It tweeted, “No new cases detected on 22.01.2021, all RT-PCR, TrueNAT and RAgT samples taken returned negative.”
The state has reported 4,349 coronavirus cases of which 56 are active, and only 9 deaths have been reported so far. Two people were discharged in the past 24 hours, with which the number of discharged people stands at 4,284. The recovery rate stands 98.50%.
On the current COVID-19 protocols in the state, Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma, Official Spokesperson & State Nodal Officer for COVID-19 told EastMojo that new Standard operating Protocols (SOP) are in place.
A person entering the state will have to produce a negative report of TRUNAT or RTPCR test, valid for 96 hours.
Those who can furnish this report are only checked for temperature, and there is no more mandatory quarantine.
If anyone fails to produce these test reports on entering the state, they are made to undergo RAT, added Dr Lalmalsawma.
Regarding the protocols for the UK variant/ or other strain of COVID-19, the state nodal officer for COVID-19 informed that Rapid antigen tests are conducted at the entry point, following which they are made to undergo seven days of mandatory quarantine at government centres. After which, RTPCR test is conducted.
If any person is found positive and is symptomatic, they are admitted to Zoram Medical College (ZMC), Aizawl; if they are non-symptomatic, they are put in Covid Care Centre (CCC).
Schools for Class 10 and 12 students facing board exams have reopened from January 22, and worship places will partially reopen from February. The only movement restriction in place is night curfew imposed from 8.30 pm to 4 am.