Aizawl, April 30: Two more people died of COVID-19 in Mizoram today, taking the state's death toll due to the virus to 15.
With 140 new cases detected during the last 24 hours, the virus caseload in the state also rose to 6,109.
While J Sapzinga, 82, a resident of Champhai died at 5:45am, Lalthlamuanzuala, 47, a resident of Armed Veng South locality in Aizawl died at 9:20 am, an official statement said, adding that both died at Zoram Medical College, a dedicated COVID-19 hospital in Aizawl. The cause of their death were confirmed to be COVID-induced pneumonia.
Sources said Sapzinga was admitted to the hospital due to diabetes and jaundice and tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday.
Lalthlamuanzuala tested positive on April 23 and was admitted to Zoram Medical College on April 24.
The 140 new patients included three policemen, who returned from West Bengal after poll duty. The policemen had initially tested negative upon their arrival on April 27.
Thirteen Border Security Force (BSF) jawans, who have travel history, three frontline workers and 12 children are also among the new patients.
The 140 new cases were detected from 2,937 samples tested on Thursday, putting positivity rate for the particular day at 4.76 per cent.
Of the 140 fresh cases, Aizawl district reported the highest cases at 100, followed by Serchhip, which reported 18 cases. Twelve cases were reported from Kolasib district, seven from Lawngtlai district and three from Lunglei district.
Seventy-one patients have travel history while the rest 69 were found to have locally contracted the infection, the official said.
Of the 69 locally-infected patients, 40 have direct contact with positive patients and it is to ascertain how 29 patients contracted the virus. Forty-three patients have developed symptoms of COVID-19 and the rest are asymptomatic.
Mizoram has so far recorded 6,019 cases of COVID-19 of which 4,882 have recovered from the infection. The number of active cases currently stood at 1,123.
The recovery rate is 81.11 per cent.
Mizoram has so far conducted 3,03,859 samples test out of which 1.98 per cent have tested positive for Covid-19.
Meanwhile, state immunisation officer Dr Lalzawmi said that 2,01,043 people, including 50,910 senior citizens, were administered the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine till Thursday and 45,435 of them received both doses of the vaccine.