Mizoram’s Covid19 count reached 11,659 on Saturday as 283 more people have tested positive for the virus, an official said.

The death toll in Mizoram mounted to 35 as an 80-year-old man with comorbidities has succumbed to the infection at Zoram Medical College (ZMC) on Friday afternoon, the official said.

Of the 283 new cases, 175 were detected through Rapid Antigen Test, 102 through RT-PCR test conducted at ZMC and the remaining six cases were detected through TrueNat tests.

Aizawl district reported the highest cases at 230, followed by Lunglei and Serchhip at 16 and 15 cases respectively, respectively.

The remaining cases were reported from Kolasib (13), Lawngtlai (4), Mamit (3) and Saitual district (2).

According to the official, 3,607 samples were tested in the last 24 hours and 7.84% of them came out as positive for Covid19.

More than 61 children were among the newly infected people, he said.

Ten patients have travel history and the rest 273 were found to be locally contracted the virus, he said.

Of the 273 locally-infected patients, 199 were diagnosed with Covid19 during contact tracing and it is to ascertain how the remaining 74 patients contracted the virus, he added.

The number of active cases in Mizoram now stands at 2,981 while 8,643 people have recovered from the infection.

At least 156 people were discharged from various Covid19 Care Centres on Friday.

Mizoram has conducted Covid19 test of 3,84,898 samples till date.

The recovery rate stands at 74.14%.

According to state immunization officer Dr. Lalzawmi, 2,54,685 people have been administered the first dose of Covid19 vaccine, of which 52,065 people have received both the doses till Friday.

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