Aizawl, April 8: Mizoram government today sounded an alarm bell against the second wave of COVID-19 that has arrived in India.

“Besides the normal coronavirus, UK, Brazil and South African variants of COVID-19 is badly hitting at least 18 states in India. Mizoram is on the verge of being hit by the second wave of COVID-19,” Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma, Mizoram official spokesperson for COVID-19 said in a statement today.

He urged the public to take this statement as an alarm bell and take utmost precautionary measures.

Lalmalsawma said during the last seven days, 46 cases of COVID-19 have been detected in Mizoram which nearly equal the total number of cases detected in February and March.

He said most the cases were detected at screening points at airport and interstate border points. He elaborated that of the 46 new positive persons detected during the last seven days, 34 were returnees, which accounts for 74 percent of the total cases.

Meanwhile, Mizoram today reported 14 new cases of COVID-19, ten of which were detected at Lengpui Airport screening point.

Twelve of the 14 new patients returned from outside Mizoram while the other two were locally infected.

Total number of COVID-19 cases in Mizoram today reached 4,522.

The state currently has 60 active cases while 4,451 have recovered from the disease and 11 have succumbed to the infection.

Of the eleven districts in Mizoram, six districts – Lunglei, Siaha, Serchhip, Lawngtlai and Saitual do not have cases.