Aizawl, July 16: Mizoram's COVID-19 caseload on Friday jumped to 26,207 as 456 more people, including over 100 children tested positive for the infection, health department officials said.
The state also reported one more COVID-19 fatality, which took the death toll to 117, he said. The 456 new cases were reported from various districts with Aizawl reporting the highest at 271, followed by Kolasib at 62 and Lunglei district at 58.
Eighty-seven fresh cases were confirmed by RT-PCR tests, 26 cases were detected through TrueNat methods and the remaining 343 cases were detected through Rapid Antigen tests, the official said, adding that 14 patients have travel history and the rest were found to have contracted the disease locally. The single-day positive rate is 10 per cent as the fresh cases were detected from 4,537 sample tests.
Mizoram now has 5,612 active COVID-19 cases, while 20,478 people have recovered from the infection. The COVID-19 recovery rate is 78.13 per cent and the death rate is 0.44 per cent. The state has tested over 5.46 lakh samples till date. According to state immunisation officer Dr Lalzawmi, more than 5.96 lakh people have been inoculated till Thursday, of which 1.17 lakh people have received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
Meanwhile, the Mizoram government on Thursday extended the existing COVID-19 guidelines till midnight of July 17. The existing guidelines, which eased certain lockdown restrictions has come into force from June 30 and was initially scheduled to be lifted at midnight of July 15.