Representative image: COVID-19 antigen test

With spiralling of COVID-19 cases, Mizoram government has decided to ramp up its testing ratio with purchase of 10,000 rapid antigen kits.

Chief minister Zoramthanga informed this at the meeting of top officials, NGOs, churches and doctors that the government will purchase additional 10,000 Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits to boost the state’s testing capacity.

“Every citizen should take precautionary measures as community transmission can take place at any time. Prior preventive measure is for our safety against the pandemic. Testing should be done in a massive way and more RAT kits will be purchased,” Zoramthanga said.

It was also decided to enforce in a stricter manner the existing safety protocol that funerals with maximum 50 people will henceforth be held either at church hall or community hall but not in private residence to ensure that social distancing is strictly observed in such gatherings.

Mizoram reported 25 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the state’s tally to 648.

According to the state health department, a total of 24,895 samples have been tested till Tuesday, of which 2.60 per cent have tested positive for COVID-19.

The recovery rate is 50.91 per cent and the number of active patients has stood at 49 per cent of the total cases, it said.

The state reported the first COVID-19 case on March 24 and no casualty has been reported till date.

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