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Nine new cases in Mizoram

By Correspondent

AIZAWL, July 23 - Mizoram today reported nine fresh cases of COVID-19, taking the State�s tally to 326.

Of 365 samples tested at the Zoram Medical College laboratory, eight turned out to be positive. One person tested positive in a rapid antigen test in Champhai district, an official release stated.

The fresh cases include a 10-year-old child, while the rest are aged between 26 and 51 years.

Meanwhile, 16 recovered patients have been discharged in the past 48 hours.

Ten National Disaster Response Force personnel and one Assam Rifles jawan were discharged in Aizawl on Wednesday, while five BSF personnel were discharged in Lunglei today.

With this, Mizoram currently has 142 active cases, 184 discharged cases and no death.

In another development, BSF Director General SS Deswal informed the newly-elected Rajya Sabha member from Mizoram, K Vanlalvena, that movement of the force�s battalions has been suspended in the wake of the surge in COVID-19 cases among paramilitary personnel.

The BSF DG met Vanlalvena at the BSF headquarters in New Delhi today.

Vanlalvena, who was sworn in on Wednesday, called on the top BSF official to discuss the recent surge in COVID-19 among paramilitary forces in Mizoram.

According to an official statement from the Mizoram Government, during the meeting Deswal telephoned the BSF Additional DG, Kolkata, and instructed him to set up more quarantine facilities and hospitals within the BSF campuses.

Vanlalvena also voiced concern over illegal influx from Bangladesh. The BSF DG assured him that security would be tightened along the border, the statement said.

Meanwhile, Deswal expressed happiness over the Rajya Sabha MP�s plan to visit BSF posts along the border and assured him of all possible assistance from the BSF officials.

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