New Covid cases are steadily increasing in northeast India, with authorities in most of the state yet to take serious precautions. After a break of several weeks, four new deaths were reported – one each from Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura. The Tripura government has reinstated the mask mandate and will fine anyone who does not wear any of the Rs 200 rupees.
Meanwhile, the Manipur government, which originally extended the summer holiday until July 24, has been extended again until August 7 for all schools, whether public, public or private.
In Assam, the positive rate rose from 7.89 percent on July 1 to 10.29 percent on July 25. However, an official at the National Health Mission said the rise in positivity rates over the past few weeks was not worrying.
With 5,527 active cases recorded as of Monday, Assam’s Cachar, Kamrup Metro, Dima Hasao, Dibrugarh and Biswanath districts were reported as areas with a high number of cases.
In Tripura, the positive rate rose to 12.16 percent from 0.93 percent on July 1. A total of 112 people have tested positive in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of active cases in the state to 2,366.
In Mizoram, 36 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the last 24 hours with a positive rate of 57.14%. The state reported 120 cases on Sunday. With 904 active cases as of Monday, the death toll stands at 708.
In Manipur, 90 people have tested positive for the virus in the last 24 four hours, bringing the total number of active cases in the state to 640. Covid cases have also increased slightly in other northeastern states.