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Centre to send experts to Mizoram as positivity rate exceeds 18 per cent

At a time when Mizoram’s COVID-19 scenario is fast escalating, the Central government had announced of financial assistance and medicines to Mizoram besides sending an expert team to the northeastern state.

While the COVID-19 scenario in the rest of the country is slowly brightening up, the positivity rate has jumped to 18.44 per cent, the highest in India.

The Union Health Ministry data on Thursday showed that the country’s weekly positivity rate is 1.74 per cent, which is less than 3 per cent for the last 97 days, and the daily positivity rate is 1.56 per cent, less than 3 per cent for the last 31 days.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan while talking to a Mizoram government delegation on Wednesday in New Delhi had said that a team of experts would be sent to Mizoram as soon as possible.

The four-member Mizoram government delegation included state’s Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members C. Lalrosanga and K. Vanlalvena, respectively, OSD to Chief Minister, Rosangzuala, and the state’s Resident Commissioner in Delhi, Amjad Tak.

According to Mizoram Official, the Centre can make arrangements for the supply of the exorbitant but highly effective Monoclonal Antibodies Cocktail (MAC), drug costing Rs 1,20,000 per set, for Mizoram free of cost if the state government makes a request for it.

Responding to a demand of the Mizoram delegation for financial assistance to the state, the Union Health Secretary informed that out of the total funds’ allocation of Rs 14,744.99 crore under the Emergency Covid Response Package of the Centre for all the states and Union Territories, the fund sanctioned for Mizoram was Rs 44.38 crore.

“The first installment of Rs 19.94 crore has been released and the remaining amount will be released as soon as an expenditure detail of the first installment is submitted,” the top official said.

According to an official statement, Lalrosanga apprised the Union Health Secretary about the ongoing Covid crisis in the state and how Mizoram is in dire need of central assistance in the form of medicines, equipment, and other Covid-related materials due to increasing number of positive cases.

“Mizoram is looking for active support from the Centre beyond the sanctioned funds. The delegation also requested a team of experts to be sent to Mizoram as soon as possible to examine the ongoing Covid crisis faced by the state,” the statement said.

According to health officials in Mizoram, for the past two weeks, around 1,500 people have tested positive for Covid every day.

With a population of 1.1 million (2011 census), Mizoram, India’s second least populous state, has so far reported 93,660 positive cases and 309 fatalities.

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