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Mizoram gets RNA extractor to boost COVID-19 testing

By Correspondent

AIZAWL, June 10 - The Mizoram Government has procured an automated RNA extractor to boost its COVID-19 testing capacity.

The equipment arrived at the Lengpui Airport here from Kolkata today.

Health Minister Dr R Lalthangliana said the machine would be installed at the Zoram Medical College, Aizawl.

�The automated RNA extractor will enable us to test nearly 1,000 samples per day,� Lalthangliana said.

The machine was procured from the State Disaster Relief Fund.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 tally in Mizoram stood at 93 on Wednesday afternoon with 92 active cases, while one patient has recovered. The State witnessed the highest single-day spike on Tuesday.

Altogether 51 cases were detected on Monday and Tuesday, taking the total number of active cases in the State to 92. The new cases were from 669 samples tested in these two days.

Most of the new cases are people who have come from Delhi. They are aged between 18 and 33 years, and were under quarantine.

According to an official statement issued by the State Information and Public Relations Department, 2,747 samples have been tested till date. As many as 13,659 rapid antibody tests have been carried out so far, it said.

An official said that 8,748 people are currently placed in isolation, while 4,138 people have been discharged in Mizoram so far.

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