Mizoram continues to register spike in Covid19 cases as 725 more people tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours, pushing the state’s tally to 29,020, a health department official said on Wednesday.

Of the 725 cases, 111 were detected during mass testing drive held in six localities or pockets within Aizawl Municipal Corporation (AMC) area, the official said.

A total of 44 cases were confirmed during tests in the RT-PCR laborartory in Zoram Medical College (ZMC) while 647 cases were detected through Rapid Antigen Test and the remaining 34 cases were detected through TrueNat tests, he said.

More than 138 children were among the newly-infected people, he said.

The single-day positivity rate has risen to 16% from 10.85% on Tuesday.

Aizawl district reported the highest number of fresh cases at 461, followed by Kolasib (116), Lunglei (72), Mamit (33), Lawngtlai (25), Siaha (16) and Serchhip (2).

According to the official, 342 patients were diagnosed with Covid19 during contact tracing and it is to ascertain how the remaining 383 patients contracted the virus.

Of the 725 patients, 651 patients have developed symptoms of Covid19, he said.

Mizoram now has 6,833 active Covid19 cases while 22,061 people have recovered from the infection, including 373 on Tuesday, he said.

The Covid19 death toll in the state has risen to 126 as a 73-year-old man from Aizawl succumbed to the infection at Zoram Medical College (ZMC) on Tuesday night

The state has tested over 5.69 lakh samples for Covid19, including 4,530 in the last 24 hours.

The recovery rate among Covid19 patients is 76% and the death rate is 0.43%.

According to state immunisation officer Dr. Lalzawmi, over 6.11 lakh people have been inoculated till Tuesday.

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