ITANAGAR: The number of COVID-19 recoveries in Arunachal Pradesh surpassed fresh cases on Wednesday, with 255 patients recuperating from the disease, even as 135 more persons tested positive for the virus, pushing the tally to 13,778. During the last 24 hours, one more person succumbed to the infection taking the total fatalities across the State to 31.
Arunachal Pradesh currently has 2,712 active cases, while 11,035, patients have recovered from the disease. The COVID-19 recovery rate of the State now stands at 80.09 per cent.
A 23-year-old male succumbed to COVID-19 infection at the dedicated COVID hospital at Chimpu near here. He was admitted to the hospital on Monday due to pneumonia and had been suffering from late stage carcinoma with metastases to the lungs, along with severe anaemia, informed State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa. A total of 14 COVID-19-related deaths were reported in the State this month.
Of the 135 fresh cases, the Capital Complex region reported 35 followed by 20 from Lower Dibang Valley; 14 from East Siang; nine each from Tawang, Upper Subansiri and West Siang; eight from Namsai; seven from Upper Siang; five from Papumpare; four from Lower Subansiri; three from Pakke Kessang; two each from West Kameng, Tirap, Lohit and Siang; and one each from East Kameng, Kurung Kumey, Changlang and Longding districts.
Among the new patients are two Army men, one NDRF personnel and three Healthcare workers besides 14 undertrial prisoners of Roing district jail in Lower Dibang Valley district. Barring 42, all the new patients are asymptomatic and have been shifted to Covid care centres, the official added. The Capital Complex region — comprising Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa areas — has the highest number of active cases at 1,296, said Dr Jampa.
As many as 2,98,490 samples have been tested for COVID-19 so far, including 2,355 on Tuesday, he added.