Mizoram records highest single day spike with 1,502 cases

AIZAWL, Sep 14
 Mizoram on Tuesday reported the highest ever single-day spike of Covid-19 cases as 1,502 people, including 300 children, have tested positive for the infection. With this the State’s total tally has reached 72,883, an official said.
The death toll also rose to 244, as six more people have succumbed to the infection between Monday and Tuesday till 2 pm, the official added.
The single-day infection rate in the State decreased from 31 per cent to 16.39 per cent, as the fresh cases were detected from 9,165 sample tests, he said.
The fresh cases were reported from various districts with Aizawl district reporting the highest number of cases at 879, followed by Champhai at 144 and Siaha at 101, he said.
At least 300 children, two healthcare workers and a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan were among the newly-infected people. Five patients have travel history while the rest 1,497 were found to have contracted the disease locally, he said.
At least 680 patients have developed symptoms of Covid-19, he added.
Mizoram now has 13,366 active COVID-19 cases, while  59,273 people have recovered from the infection, including 526 people on Monday.
The recovery rate among Covid-19 patients is 81.32 per cent and the death rate is 0.33 per cent.
The State has conducted more than 9.74 lakh sample tests till date.
According to State Immunisation Officer Dr. Lalzawmi, over 6.64 lakh people have been vaccinated till Monday, of which 3 lakh people have received full doses.
East Mojo
More fund required for Covid-19 relief : Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma today said additional funds are required due to the ongoing second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the State, reports NNN. Replying to a cut motion in the Assembly, Sangma said that during 2021-22, budget provision of Rs 3 crore was allotted.
He, however, said due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the State Government has to meet various expenditures relating to provision kits, community quarantine centres, transportation of stranded citizens, accommodation of health workers, ex-gratia payment to the next of kin of the deceased due to COVID-19, IEC activities, follow up of returnees and quarantined citizens, etc.
“Accordingly, an advance from Contingency Fund of Rs 15 crore was moved as Advance from Contingency Fund which requires regularization and Rs 13,42,00,000 as additional Supplementary Demand for Grants to meet committed and anticipated liabilities relating to the above mentioned payments,” he added.
The cut motion was moved by Congress legislator from Mawlai PT Sawkmie against the supplementary demand of an additional amount of 28.42 crore moved by the CM during the Assembly.
The Chief Minister also informed that the State Government had undertaken a number of initiatives under the Chief Minister’s Special Grant (CMSG) as part of the measures to contain and mitigate the difficulties faced by the citizens on account of the pandemic and other situations.
He said during the year 2021-21, an amount of Rs 3,13,38,505 was paid towards cost of Provision kits through the respective Deputy Commissioners.