Guwahati: Amid the spurt in the number of Covid-19 cases in recent weeks, Mizoram health minister Dr. R Lalthangliana on Thursday said that the government has made major efforts to conduct a sample test for all the Chennai returnees, who have been released from quarantine facilities on completion of the quarantine period.
The move was required as many returnees from Chennai in neighboring states have tested positive for novel coronavirus. He said, "The government is currently tracing the Chennai returnees, who have been discharged from quarantine facilities, and is collecting their swab samples for laboratory test as a precautionary measure," Lalthangliana said, adding half of the task has been completed.
About 900 people had returned from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on May 15.
LaIthangliana urged the people to refrain from spreading rumors and fake news which might create public panic. He also urged the people not to panic but to trust the government in its efforts to contain the spread of novel coronavirus.
According to the health minister, the government has successfully installed two automated RNA extractor machines at Zoram Medical College (ZMC), which will be operational soon to accelerate the testing capacity of the two installed RT-PCR machines in order to increase the testing ratio. He said that an RT-PCR machine bought with the money donated by a trader has reached Aizawl on Thursday.
Mizoram today reported 2 more Covid-19 positive cases, taking the tally of cases to 104. A single patient has been released after treatment. The two new patients that have been tested positive are aged 23 and 22 and hail from Aizawl and Siaha districts, respectively.