Mizoram reports its first COVID-19 death as positive case tally reaches 2,656

Mizoram today has 417 COVID-19 active cases as 2,238 patients have recovered till date

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After seven months of sustaining zero COVID-19 death in the state, Mizoram on Wednesday reported its first death due to the viral disease while its positive case tally climbed to 2,656 with 49 more COVID-19 positive cases reported as per the latest updates by the state health department.

The first COVID-19 case in Mizoram was detected on March 24. Since then, it held out as the only state in India with zero COVID-19 death cases till October 28. Today, Mizoram joins the table with the report of its first COVID-19 death in Aizawl district.

The matter came to light when Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga tweeted: "#Mizoram records our first COVID-19related mortality,a 62-years-old with existing co-morbidities; undergoing treatment at Zoram Medical College. We are shocked, pained and will continue putting up our guards against this pandemic #TogetherWeCan #MizoramAgainstCovid19".

The deceased, whose age was 66 years old as corrected by DIPR Mizoram in its tweet, is said to be in co-morbid conditions and was undergoing treatment atn Zoram Medical College for more than 10 days. The sudden report of death came as the official announced a week-long total lockdown in Aizawl to check the spread of COVID-19.

The state has reopened schools for class 10 and 12 with accordance to the new orders from the Union Home Ministry which allowed schools to be reopened after October 15. Also, as many as 27 students were reported to be infected with COVID-19 along with 11 police personnel among the 80 new cases on Wednesday, according to the health department.

Of the total 2,656 coronavirus cases reported in Mizoram, 1,747 cases are from Aizawl alone which is the worst hit district in the state. Aizawl alone checks out 1,442 recovered cases, 304 active cases and the first death. The total number of gone COVId-19 active cases stands at 417 as 2,238 patients have recovered. Five patients were discharged in the past 24 hours, according to the latest updates by the state health department.

All educational institutions, religious places, hospitals OPDs, and shops, except for those selling essential commodities, will remain shut till November 3, the state announced.


First Published:Oct. 29, 2020, 12:26 p.m.

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