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Mizoram�s lone COVID-19 patient discharged

By Correspondent

AIZAWL, May 9 - Mizoram is now eyeing for coronavirus-free tag after the State�s lone COVID-19 patient was discharged from hospital today.

The 50-year-old Baptist pastor, who was admitted to hospital on March 24, was discharged from the Zoram Medical College (ZMC) at Falkawn in the afternoon hours.

Outside the hospital, he was greeted with a �Welcome Home� banner by his relatives and church members. The patient was declared negative on May 1, after four consecutive tests.

Rev VL Hruaia Khiangte had returned to Aizawl from Amsterdam on March 16. He had tested positive for COVID-19 on March 24, becoming the second positive case in the North East.

With all samples that were tested at the ZMC turning out to be negative, there is no active COVID-19 case in Mizoram. However, Mizoram Health Minister R Lalthangliana said the Government was not in a hurry to declare the State �coronavirus-free� as new cases could be detected at any period of time.

�We are not in a hurry to declare our State COVID-19 free because we are still vulnerable and a new case may be detected any time,� Lalthangliana said.

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