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A Mizo girl, who was suffering from respiratory problem after returning from outside the state, has tested negative for coronavirus, a health department official said on Tuesday.

The girl was admitted to Zoram Medical College (ZMC) at Falkawn about 16 km from here earlier this month as she has been suffering from certain illness after she arrived from Goa.

State nodal officer of Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) and epidemiologist Pachuau Lalmalsawma told Northeast Now that blood samples of the girl was sent to Guwahati Medical College (GMC), where it was found to be negative.

He said initially the sample was sent to Institute of Cholera and Enteric Disease (NICED) in Kolkata, which refused to examine it under lame excuses.

The GMC informed the state government last week that the girl tested negative for coronavirus as well as bird flu, he said.

ZMC director  L. Fimate said that the girl was diagnosed with lung infection.

Pachuau also said that at least seven students, who have returned from China recently, are still put under home quarantine.

He said that the health department is closely monitoring the students.

According to him, the state government has established screening counters at Lengpui airport, Vairente on Mizoram-Assam border, Zokhawthar on the Mizoram-Myanmar border, Kanhmun on the Mizoram-Tripura border and Kawrpuichhuah on the Indo-Bangladesh border to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the state.

He said that the health department did not detect any case of coronavirus till date.

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