Aizawl: With more than 9 lakh samples tested for the novel coronavirus, which is more than 82 per cent of its population (2011 Census), Mizoram has become the “best-performing state in the Northeast”.

State official spokesperson on COVID-19 Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma claimed the main reason behind the high detection rate of COVID-19 positive cases in the state was because of “good performance in sample tests”. 

He said the daily infection rate during the second wave of the pandemic was usually high in the state as most samples were collected from suspected people.

“Mizoram is the best-performing state among Northeastern states in sample testing for COVID-19 virus and is also in the top 10 chart in the country. We have tested at least 9,05,112 samples for COVID-19 till September 5, which is 82.96 per cent of 10.9 lakh population according to 2011 census,” he told during a news conference on Tuesday.

The official claimed the state has also performed the best in RT-PCR and TrueNat Test in the NE after Assam. The proportion of RT-PCR and TrueNat tests is 26.52 per cent of the total population of the state.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 65,696.

According to state immunisation officer Dr Lalzawmi, more than 6.60 lakh people have been vaccinated till Tuesday. 

He said during the first wave of the pandemic (March 2020 to March 2021) the number of COVID-19 positive cases was comparatively low. However, it has skyrocketed since April this year.

While 4,476 COVID-19 cases were detected in the state during the first wave, at least 61,220 cases were detected from April till September 7 this year, the official added. Further breaking up the numbers, the official said while 1,655 cases were reported in April, 6,268 were reported in May followed by 8,093 in June, 18,433 in July and 21,074 in August this year.

Highest single-day spike

Mizoram on Tuesday reported its highest single-day spike as 1,468 new COVID-19 cases were reported, pushing the total tally to 65,696.

According to a statement by the state information and public relations department, two more fatalities were reported on Tuesday, which took the death toll to 227.

The single-day infection rate was 11.92 per cent as the fresh cases were reported from 12,315 samples, it said.

The number of active cases now stands at 10,879, while 54,590 people have recovered from the infection, including 534 people on Tuesday, the statement said.

The recovery rate among COVID-19 patients is 83 per cent and the death rate is 0.34 per cent.

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