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Aizawl, October 08: In the last six days the state has reported 7799 COVID-19 new cases and the total caseload has now gone up to 1,02,629. The total population in the state is around 11.2 lakh and nearly 8.9 per cent of people of the state have been infected by the deadly virus.

The COVID-19 situation in Mizoram is still alarming as the virus tally has breached the 1 lakh mark and the positivity rate in the state is still on high above 13 per cent.

According to the Mizoram government, the state on Wednesday had reported 1302 new cases with a positivity rate of 13.36 per cent.

The state’s death toll rose to 341 as five more patients succumbed to the infection on Wednesday. The state government’s data revealed that a 20.53 per cent positivity rate was recorded in the state on October 1 while a 28.97 per cent positivity rate was recorded on October 3.

A state-level expert team on COVID-19 management, which was formed in September, has recommended strengthening of COVID-19 care facilities in the state and establishment of a dedicated wing in all district hospitals.

Mizoram has currently just one COVID-19 hospital – Zoram Medical College (ZMC) in Aizawl and the hospital has 341 beds including 34 in ICU. There are around 18 dedicated health centres (DCHCs) in Mizoram and the state has only one RT-PCR laboratory which is at ZMC too.

According to the Mizoram government, the state has given out 11,34,309 doses (1st dose – 6,82,964 and 2nd dose – 4,51,345) of Covishield vaccine. As per the latest electoral roll, the eligible population for the vaccine stands at 7,75,106, and thus first dose coverage is 88.1 per cent and 2nd dose coverage is 66.1 per cent.

Vaccination coverage under the Districts of the H&FW department are –

Aizawl East – first dose 103%, second dose 74%

Aizawl West – first dose 106%, second dose 36%

Lunglei – first dose 88%, second dose 68%

Siaha – first dose 86%, second dose 49%

Champhai – first dose 82%, second dose 66%

Kolasib – first dose 84%, second dose 59%

Serchhip – first dose 86%, second dose 81%

Lawngtlai – first dose 59%, second dose 42%

Mamit – first dose 66%, second dose 57%

Mizoram – first dose 88%, second dose 66%

Coverage under the 18 – 44 age group is –

Aizawl East – first dose 91%, second dose 63%

Aizawl West – first dose 99%, second dose 58%

Lunglei – first dose 80%, second dose 54%

Siaha – first dose 85%, second dose 34%

Champhai – first dose 78%, second dose 50%

Kolasib – first dose 74%, second dose 41%

Serchhip – first dose 73%, second dose 71%

Lawngtlai – first dose 50%, second dose 26%

Mamit – first dose 60%, second dose 42%

Mizoram – first dose 79%, second dose 53%

Coverage in the 45+ age category is –

Aizawl East – first dose 96%, second dose 89%

Aizawl West – first dose 100%, second dose 85%

Lunglei – first dose 83%, second dose 89%

Siaha – first dose 76%, second dose 75%

Champhai – first dose 81%, second dose 89%

Kolasib – first dose 83%, second dose 80%

Serchhip – first dose 83%, second dose 91%

Lawngtlai – first dose 67%, second dose 66%

Mamit – first dose 63%, second dose 77%

Mizoram – first dose 85%, second dose 85%

A meeting of the Mizoram State Task Force for COVID-19 Vaccination led by Chairman R. Lalramnghaka, Secretary, H&FW held at the SAD Conference Hall, MINECO to discuss the current status of the vaccination drive, various issues faced by the department at the ground level, and plan of action to further bolster the vaccination drive.

A top official of the state government said that the total dose required to fully vaccinate all eligible citizens is 8,67,247 doses, with the state presently having stock of 5,34,500 doses and subsequent supply expected from the central government.

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On the other hand, to take stock of the alarming situation in the state, the centre has sent a four-member team to Mizoram.

The four-member Multi-Disciplinary COVID-19 Study Team consisting of Dr Vinita Gupta, Consultant Epidemiologist, NCDC, Delhi, Dr Varun Singh, Epidemiologist, NCDC Delhi, Dr LA Singh, Regional Director, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Imphal and Dr RK Priyabata Singh, CMO (SAG) on Wednesday held a meeting with the chief medical officers of Aizawl East and Aizawl West, State Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme officials as well as with other Health Department officials.

The meeting led by Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma, State Nodal Officer, COVID-19 had discussed key initiatives on COVID-19 response across the state, as well as present caseload, the status of infrastructure etc.