Mizoram has formed a panel to examine the causes of the spread of the Covid-19 in the state.

The first Covid-19 death in the state was reported on October 28, 2020, six months after the northeast region’s first coronavirus fatality in Assam.

India’s second least populous state Mizoram is the only state where out of the 11 districts, only four districts — Aizawl (27), Serchhip (1), Kolasib (1) and Saitual (1) — have reported 30 deaths due to Covid-19.

Health and Family Welfare Department Secretary R. Lalramnghaka said that the Mizoram government has recently formed a team comprising medical experts and scientists to conduct a scientific study on all aspects of the spread of Covid-19 in the state.

The team comprises experts from the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP), Indian Medical Association, Principal of the Zoram Medical College and Hospital (ZMCH) and professors from Mizoram University.

“After studying all the aspects of the Covid-19 and its related effect, the team would submit a detailed report with their findings and recommendations to the government for taking further course of steps,” Lalramnghaka told a news agency.

Of the 1.1 million population in Mizoram, tribals constitute around 95 per cent, the highest proportion of tribals among the Indian states.

As the nature and intensity of the second wave of Covid-19 are diverse, physician Pradip Bhowmik has suggested forming study groups for an in-depth study of the disease.

“It is witnessed in the second wave that during the post-Covid period many patients are being affected by pneumonia and mucormycosis (black fungus).

“Unlike in the first wave, a large number of young people and children are being infected by the coronavirus. In the second wave, the recovery rate is very slow and the death rate is higher,” Bhowmik said.

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