Aizawl: Mizoram state nodal officer of Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) Dr. Pachuau Lalmalsawma on Tuesday denied rumours that a case of Omicron, a highly transmissible new variant of COVID-19, has been detected in the state.

In a statement on Tuesday, Dr Pachuau said that fake news about Omicron case being detected in a locality of Aizawl has been circulated on social media platforms recently. 
“The news is baseless and no case of Omicron variant of Covid-19 has been detected in Mizoram till now,” he said.

He said that 95 samples were sent to the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics in West Bengal for genome sequencing on January 10 and the results are awaited. “No sample was sent for genome sequencing from the locality where omicron case was fictiously stated to be found,” he added.

Mizoram reported 1,280 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the state’s tally to 1,53,758.
At least 1,169 people have recovered from the infection on Tuesday, taking the total recoveries to 1,45,485.

The recovery rate among COVID-19 patients is 94.61 per cent and the death rate is 0.37 per cent. The death toll remains at 573, as no new fatality was reported on Tuesday till 8 pm. The number of active cases now stands at 7,701.

So far, the northeastern state has tested more than 15.88 lakh samples for COVID-19 and over 7.77 lakh people inoculated. 

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