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3 more returnees test Covid-19 positive in Mizoram; total 17

3 women -- one each from Lunglei, Mamit and Saitual districts -- tested Covid-19 positive post-midnight

Covid-19 positiveFile Photo: The Zoram Medical College in Mizoram

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  4 Jun 2020 5:59 AM GMT

Guwahati: 3 women -- one each from Lunglei, Mamit and Saitual districts -- tested positive for the Covid-19 on Thursday, taking the tally of cases up to 17. All are recent returnees from outside Mizoram, ages 19, 22, and 45, Government sources said.

"The Government of Mizoram in its full capacity will ensure the safety of each and everyone who is subjected to risk by this pandemic. This is our moment to stand together as one", the state's Chief Minister Zoramthanga tweeted out, reacting to the upsurge of virus cases in the Northeast Indian state.

It is pertinent to mention here that Mizoram, that is fighting the Covid-19 on a war footing with the active implementation of social distancing and other precautionary measures, had not reported a single active case of the respiratory infection since its first patient, a 50-year-old pastor who had returned from the Netherlands, recovered at the Zoram Medical College in Falkawn.

However, with the return of citizens who were stranded in other parts of the state, the virus too has made a comeback with several returnees testing positive. To counter the rampant spread of the virus, the State Government has decided to persist with the lockdown. An official release said that in view of the continued increase of COVID-19 cases in different States, especially its neighboring northeastern states and the return of huge numbers of stranded residents of Mizoram from other states, it is necessary to further extend the lockdown till June 30 in a bid to prevent the spread of the disease in the state.

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