A study has revealed that 50% of the COVID19 deaths in Mizoram were due to late detection of the infection, a health department official said on Saturday.
The study was conducted by experts from Zoram Medical College (ZMC), the lone COVID19 dedicated hospital in the state recently, the medical college director, John Zohmingthanga said.
He said the research team studied at least 174 COVID19 victims, who died in the medical college and found that 50% of them were those who failed to have their samples tested soon after they developed symptoms of COVID19.
Some of the victims got their sample test done only two weeks after they developed the symptoms, he said.
The study found that 86.5% of COVID19 victims in the state were admitted to ZMC and 65% of them were above 60 years of age, the official said.
Of the total COVID19 victims, whose cases have been studied, 133 people were unvaccinated while 21 were fully vaccinated and 30 of them received the first dose of COVID19 vaccine, the study said.
Out of them, a total of 23 patients had no other illness besides COVID19 while majority of them had comorbidities like high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, cancer, TB and liver problems, it said.
One among the COVID19 victims tested positive for the infection two times, it said.
So far, four pregnant women have died of COVID19 in Mizoram, the study said.
Mizoram on Saturday reported 886 COVID19 cases, pushing the state’s tally to 56,644, officials said.
The state also reported 3 new fatalities, which took the death toll to 209, they said.
The number of active cases now stands at 7,581 while 48,854 people have recovered from the infection, including 518 people on Saturday till 5 pm, they said.
The recovery rate among COVID19 patients is 86.24% and the death rate is 0.36%.
The state has tested more than 8.34 lakh samples for COVID19 till date.
Over 6.54 people have been vaccinated till Friday, according to state immunisation officer Dr. Lalzawmi.