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Two cancer patients from Mizoram test positive for COVID-19 in Kolkata

COVID-19

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  2 May 2020 10:21 AM GMT


GUWAHATI: Two cancer patients from Mizoram have tested positive for COVID-19 in Kolkata. They were in the city to seek cancer treatment. Their contacts are being traced and protocol on COVID-19 will be followed. People in the Mizoram house, who are both primary and secondary contacts of the 63 and 72-year-old patients, will be quarantined.

Meanwhile, Chakma groups have alleged that Mizoram government is not providing them relief during COVID-19 pandemic.

"Chakmas of Mizoram constitute 8.8% of the state's total population and at present there are over 1,000 Chakmas stranded outside the state. As there is limited socialisation between communities, only giving grants to the Mizo NGOs is not enough to reach out to non-Mizos like the Chakmas," a statement from Mizoram Chakma Alliance Against Discrimination (MCAAD) reads.

The CM of the state responded to media query and said that if the Chakma group needs help then they must approach resident commissioners or chief secretary's office in Aizawl.

More than 5000 Mizo people are stranded outside state amid lockdown, claim reports.

They are stranded in different states in India and UTs throughout the country.

Most of them are employees in companies. A lot of them are students and some are patients.

A web portal was launched in the state to help such state residents.

The state government there has offered Rs 1.58 crore to various organizations to help such stranded Mizos.

Mizoram houses are also providing help to such students by providing them food and accommodation.

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