Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga‘s elder sister Lalvuani died of Covid-19 complication at a hospital on Monday. Lalvuani, 88, died while undergoing treatment at the Zoram Medical College (ZMC) near Aizawl for the last few days after being detected with Covid-19.
Chief minister tweeted, “It is with deep sorrow that I announce the demise of my beloved elder sister Lalvuani (88-years) this morning at 11:30 am,”.
Lalvuani, the third eldest of seven siblings, was bed-ridden for months due to asthma and age-related complications, family sources said. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 on September 22 and shifted to the ZMC, they said.
According to a government bulletin, Mizoram on Monday reported 527 new cases of COVID-19, pushing the state’s tally to 88,693. The death toll rose to 295 as three more people succumbed to the infection, it said.
The positivity rate was 31.77 per cent as the fresh cases were detected after testing 1,659 sample tests, it added. Aizawl reported the highest number of new cases at 550, followed by Lawngtlai (20) and Champhai (16). At least 131 children were among the newly-infected people, the bulletin said.
Mizoram now has 15,485 active cases, while 72,913 patients have recovered.
Recent the Union Health Ministry had said that Mizoram, along Kerela has emerged as a cause for concern.
As many as 3,192 children between 11 and 20 years were reported to be infected by the virus in the first half of September. 2,850 Covid-19 cases have been detected among children below 10 years, and 2,997 cases have been detected between the age group of 21 and 30 years.
But for Mizoram, the active caseload has gone up from 6 thousand a month ago to above 15 thousand now.
A Similar trend was seen in July this year, when the active cases had gone from 4 thousand to 12 thousand in a month, before coming down to 6 thousand by the end of August, which again went up in September.
Another cause for concern is that the share of youths among the Covid-19 infected people is high in Mizoram.
Dr. Pachuau Lalmalsawma, state nodal officer and official spokesperson on COVID-19, said that a recent study conducted by experts in the state has revealed that the nature of society in the state has led to the increase of cases in the case.
The study found that Mizoram is a close-knit society where casual visits to relatives, friends, and neighbours or dining together within the family circle or with others is a common practice even during the lockdown, it has resulted in increased transmission of the infection.