Two men from Mizoram, both cancer patients, have tested positive for novel coronavirus on Friday, an official of Mizoram house in Kolkata said.
The official said that the two patients aged about 72 and 63 respectively are currently undergoing treatment at AMRI Hospital in Kolkata.
They were referred to Kolkata for cancer treatment and have arrived in Kolkata Mizoram house in mid-March, he said.
He said that they are tracing people, who came in contact with the patients and they would be tested as per protocol.
He said that inmates of Mizoram house, who have both primary and secondary contact with the two patients, would be sent to designated quarantine facilities as per the arrangement of both the West Bengal and Mizoram governments.
The official also said that they are in close contact with both the governments over the matter related to the two newly infected patients.
Meanwhile, state health minister Dr. R. Lalthangliana asked the Mizo people in Kolkata not to panic.
He said that he has talked to West Bengal health principal director, who assured him of all possible helps.
Lalthangliana also said that he will write to West Bengal chief minister and health minister Mamata Banerjee to seek her assistance.
People from Mizoram usually come to Kolkata and Mumbai for treatment of different ailments, especially cancer.
Earlier, 7 people from Mizoram and a local staff of Mizoram House in Mumbai have tested positive for Covid-19.
The infected patients lodged at the house included three cancer patients, who were undergoing treatment in the city.
Five of the eight Covid-19 patients have recovered and discharged from hospitals and were quarantined at designated facilities, according to officials of state health department.
They said that the remaining three Covid-19 patients are out of danger.
So far, Mizoram has reported only one local case with a 50-year-old man, who tested positive in March 24.
The patient is being treated at Zoram Medical College (ZMC) near Aizawl and is improving, officials said.
They said that all the 21 samples collected on Thursday from Vairengte, have tested negative for Covid-19 on Friday.