Guwahati: Amid the return of citizens who were stranded in other parts of the country amid the lockdown, Mizoram has registered 9 more Covid-19 positive cases, taking the tally of cases to 130.
Out of a total of 615 samples processed at the Zoram Medical College (ZMC) lab yesterday, 9 samples were found Covid-19 positive, 499 samples negative, and results for 107 samples are awaited. Out of these fresh cases, 3 are males, while 6 are female.
According to the Government sources, 4 Covid-19 positive samples are from Lawngtlai, 4 are from Siaha, and a single case is from Lunglei district. Officials informed that 4 are returnees from Delhi, 4 from Haryana, and 1 from Maharashtra. All are asymptomatic, under institutional quarantine, between ages 1 and 32.
It may be recalled that Mizoram's first patient, a 50-year-old patient who had returned from the Netherlands, had tested positive on March 25, and to date, remains the only patient who has been discharged after recovering from the contagious illness. To contain the spread of the virus, Mizoram has announced a complete lockdown in the state that came into effect on June 9 to mitigate the spread of the pathogen. The move, that was announced after a consultative meeting chaired by the Chief Minister Zoramthanga, comes as other states opened malls, restaurants, and places of worship after two months as part of the Central Government's 'Unlock-1' guidelines, expected to return life to normal in a "phased" manner. Subsequently, it was notified that the Mizoram Government has decided to extend the quarantine period from 14 to 21 days.
Meanwhile, India has reported over 12,000 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours in the biggest one-day spike. The country has so far reported 3,66,946 coronavirus cases; 1,94,935 have recovered. The number of dead is 12,237, while the recovery rate is at 52.95 percent.