ITANAGAR: At least 51 more persons, including 28 security personnel, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, raising the State's tally to 2,658. Barring two, all of them are asymptomatic. Meanwhile, 23 patients were discharged from various hospitals in the State, pushing the number of recoveries to 1,771, said the State's Surveillance Officer, Dr L Jampa.
Of the 51 new cases, three were reported from the Capital Complex region; 17 from West Kameng; eight from Upper Subansiri, five from West Siang; three each from Changlang and Papumpare; two each from Lohit, East Siang, Namsai and East Kameng districts; and one each from Tawang, Tirap, Upper Siang and Lower Dibang Valley.
Meanwhile on Saturday, Jummom Ete Deori, the MLA of Lekang constituency in Namsai district, tested positive for COVID-19 and she is asymptomatic, Dr Jampa said, adding this is the first coronavirus case among lawmakers in the State.
"I have tested COVID-19 positive. During the last few days, many people may have come in contact with me. It is requested that such persons may kindly test themselves and till results are out, please stay away from each other and family members, especially children and older people. I am asymptomatic and doing fine," Deori said in a social media post on Saturday.
Dr L Jampa pointed out on Sunday, "A total of 28 paramilitary personnel -- 15 in West Kameng, three each in Upper Subansiri, West Siang and Changlang and two each in East Siang and Namsai -- are among the new patients."
Altogether 1,176 persons, including 534 security personnel, have tested positive for the infection in the State since August 1.
Arunachal Pradesh, which reported its first COVID-19 case on April 2, has 882 active patients at present. A 55-year-old cart puller from Namsai district died due to COVID-19 at Tezu Zonal Hospital on Friday. So far, five persons have succumbed to the infection.
West Kameng district has the highest number of active cases at 126 followed by 107 in the Capital Complex region comprising Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa areas; 105 in East Kameng; 94 in Lohit; 81 in East Siang; and 79 in Namsai, said Dr Jampa. As many as 1,483 samples were tested for COVID-19 on Saturday, taking the number of such examinations in the State to 1,22,854.