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At 99.61%, Arunachal Pradesh tops in COVID recovery

With a recovery rate of 99.61 per cent, Arunachal Pradesh has topped among 28 states across the country in terms


Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  4 Feb 2021 7:21 AM GMT

GUWAHATI/ ITANAGAR: With a recovery rate of 99.61 per cent, Arunachal Pradesh has topped among 28 states across the country in terms of COVID-19 recoveries. According to the data released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday, besides Arunachal Pradesh, four other States -- Odisha (99.13 per cent), Bihar (99.09 per cent), Mizoram (99.09 per cent) and Andhra Pradesh (99.05 per cent) -- have a recovery rate of above 99 per cent against the national average of 97.05 per cent.

According to the health officials, six other north-eastern States -- Nagaland (98.83 per cent), Tripura (98.78 per cent), Assam (98.66 per cent), Meghalaya (98.49 per cent), Manipur (98.25 per cent) and Sikkim (96.44 per cent) - also exceeded national recovery rate. Another northeastern State Mizoram has earned the distinction of having the lowest death rate of 0.21 per cent among the 28 States in India while Punjab remained in the top position in COVID-19 mortality at 3.24 per cent against the national fatality rate of 1.43 per cent.

Sikkim's fatality rate of 2.22 per cent is the third highest in the country after Maharashtra's 2.52 per cent. The mortality rate in six other north-eastern States -- Manipur (1.28 per cent), Tripura (1.17 per cent), Meghalaya (1.06 per cent), Assam (0.50 per cent), Nagaland (0.73 per cent) and Arunachal Pradesh (0.33 per cent) - are lower than the national average.

According to the officials of the Health and family Welfare Department of Assam, the State had reported its first death due to coronavirus on April 10. The first death in Assam, as well as in the north-eastern region, was reported from Hailakandi district in southern Assam where a middle aged man, who had visited abroad, succumbed to COVID-19 at the Silchar Medical College and Hospital.

Mizoram was the lone State in India where there was no COVID-19 related death until October 28 last year when a 62-year-old man died of COVID-19 in the mountainous state even as the first death was reported in India on January 30, 2020. (IANS)

OUR ITANAGAR CORRESPONDENT ADDS: Altogether 16,876 Health workers have received vaccine shots so far in Arunachal including 140 on Monday during five sessions. Seven persons reportedly developed after effects following immunization, said State Immunisation Officer (SIO) DimongPadung.

Meanwhile, the State reported a fresh COVID-19 case on Wednesday. The total caseload in the State stood at 16,829, said State Surveillance Officer (SSO) LobsangJampa. No single recovery was reported in the State on Tuesday with the number of cured persons stood at 16,762.

Arunachal Pradesh currently has 11 active COVID-19 cases, while 56 people have succumbed to the infection so far.

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