Mizoram logs 8 fresh COVID-19 cases, tally at 4,508

Aizawl, Apr 7  At least eight more people,

including two children, tested positive for novel coronavirus in Mizoram, pushing the tally to 4,508, an official said on Wednesday.

The northeastern state now has 50 active cases, while 4,447 people have recovered from the disease.

A total of 11 people have died due to the contagion so far, he said.

The state has tested 2,56,181 samples for COVID-19, including 1,149 on Tuesday, the official said.

At least 57,408 people have been administered the first dose of vaccine, of which 18,044 beneficiaries have received the second shot, the health department said.

Mizoram celebrates Easter Sunday

Aizawl, Apr 4 Easter Sunday, which marks the

victory of Christ over death after his crucifixion, was celebrated across Christian-majority Mizoram on Sunday with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

Special prayers and worship services were also held by all churches of different denominations.

The celebrations began on Saturday night with Catholic church members holding Easter vigil.

Band parties of different corps of the Salvation Army woke the Aizawl populace on Sunday morning by playing the hymn, "He's arisen".

In rural parts of the state, children took to the streets singing hymns and shouting slogans to mark the beginning of the celebrations.

Sunrise services were organised by the youth wings of both the Presbyterian and Baptist churches.

Preachers of different churches preached sermons on the resurrection of Christ.

Last year, Easter Sunday was celebrated behind closed doors due to the nationwide lockdown.

I-League: Aizawl face Sudeva in a mid-table clash

Kalyani, Feb 13 Aizawl FC and Sudeva Delhi FC will be keen to outdo each other when the two sides meet in a mid-table clash of the I-League here on Sunday.

After their goalless draw against Churchill Brothers, Aizawl were stunned by TRAU 1-0, dragging the former champions down to the eighth position with eight points from seven games.

With four rounds remaining in the first phase, a victory for Yan Law's side will give them a chance to make up for lost ground and start moving into the top half of the standings to eventually fight for the top six spots.

"We were fantastic in the last game. The better team lost. The boys were fantastic, tactically disciplined. We kept most of the ball and creating chances. We just failed to convert.

"Despite the defeat, I am really proud of the players, and if we convert our chances, I am sure we can win this competition," Law said.

"The gap between the second and us is just three points. We are really hungry for a win, and I am sure if pick up a victory, it is going to change the table completely. I am really happy with the attitude and mentality that the players have shown in training and am hoping for a positive result," he added.

Sudeva Delhi FC put up an eye-catching display in their last game as they beat Chennai City FC 4-0. The newcomers loom in seventh place with eight points from six games but have a chance to make it a memorable debut campaign by making it to the top six.

After getting a 10-day rest, Chencho Dorji's all-Indian contingent will be raring to get on the field and win the game against the former I-League champs.

"The mood in the camp is good. We have watched a lot of our game tapes and worked on avoiding the mistakes. The players are rested well, and now, are looking forward to the next game against Aizawl," Dorji said.

"It is important to keep picking up points. One more loss and we could be at the bottom of the league. Aizawl play well when they are on the ball. We need to keep our focus on defence and make sure we take our chances in front of the goal," he added. PTI

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Mizoram's Capital Aizawl Records Best Air Quality Among 119 Cities

Mizoram's capital Aizawl recorded the best air quality out of 119 Indian cities on November 29 (Sunday), according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data.

The 24-hour Air Quality Index of the northeast city was recorded at 14 at 4 pm on Sunday, followed by Meghalaya's capital Shillong at 25 and Karnataka's Mysuru at 34.

Expressing happiness, Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga tweeted several images of the scenic state saying that it’s a natural bliss. He wrote: “Mizoram’s capital Aizawl records best Air Quality Index of 14 among 119 cities. #cleanair #naturalblessing #CentralPollutionControlBoard.”

COVID-19: Lockdown in Aizawl Extended

In orer to curb the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the lockdown in Aizawl was extended till November 9.

The decision was taken at a meeting among health officials, the doctors’ association, NGOs and churches, an official said.

The lockdown is scheduled to be lifted at 4.30 am on November 9, the official said.

Earlier, the lockdown was imposed in Aizawl municipal area on October 27 to break the chain of transmission.