Aizawl: Mizoram reported 228 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 12,859, officials said on Wednesday.
The COVID-19 death toll in the state rose to 45 as one more person succumbed to the disease.
A 92-year-old woman from Aizawl died of the infection at Zoram Medical College (ZMC) on Wednesday night, the state information and public relations department said in its official Twitter handle.
Of the fresh 228 cases, Aizawl district registered 153, Lunglei (25), Lawngtlai (21), Kolasib (17), Siaha (6), Mamit (5) and Champhai (1), an official statement said on Thursday.
More than 43 children were among the newly infected people, it said.
Three patients have travel history, while the rest were found to have locally contracted the infection, it said, adding that 151 patients have developed symptoms of COVID-19.
Mizoram now has 3,320 active COVID-19 cases, while 9,494 people have recovered from the infection.
At least 147 people were discharged from various Covid-19 Care Centres on Wednesday.
The recovery rate is 73.84 per cent and the death rate is 0.35 per cent.
The state has so far tested 4,00,698 samples for COVID-19, including 3,267 on Wednesday.
According to state immunisation officer Dr Lalzawmi, as many as 2,60,105 people have been administered the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine of which 52,129 have received both doses till Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the state spokesperson on COVID-19 Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma said at least 8,158 coronavirus cases were reported in two months in the ongoing second wave since April this year against 6,131 cases reported in over 12 months between March 2020 to March 2021, the period labelled as the first wave of the pandemic.
While 11 people have died due to COVID-19 during the first wave, as many as 34 people have so far succumbed to the infection since April this year, he said.
The majority of the COVID-19 victims had comorbid status, he said.
He said that 6,268 COVID-19 cases were detected in last month (May) with Aizawl district contributing the highest cases at 4,363, which accounted for 69.62 per cent of the total cases found in the state during last month.
The state reported more than 1,650 COVID-19 cases in April.
While the infection rate in April was 3.10 per cent, it was 7.20 per cent in May.
Of the 6,268 COVID-19 patients detected in May, only 26 per cent have travel history while the rest were locally infected, according to Pachuau.
He said that the local transmission rate now is growing at a much faster pace as compared to the imported cases rate.
Quoting a study report, Pachuau attributed the high local transmission rate to complacency, negligence in maintaining COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and sociable life on the part of the people.
He said that Mizoram has a close-knit and friendly society where people used to visit each other in their respective neighbourhood, which could have been one of the main reasons behind the spike in COVID-19 despite lockdown.
He said that lockdowns used to have good impacts in curtailing the chain of COVID-19 transmission last year, but such trend did not happen this year.
Starting from April 20, the Mizoram government has imposed lockdown like restrictions, which was followed by a complete lockdown from May 10 in Aizawl and other district headquarters to break the chain of local transmission.
However, complete lockdown was lifted on Monday in other district headquarters barring Aizawl, where it will remain in force till June 7.