Itanagar: Amid the growing number of Coronavirus cases in the country, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) BD Mishra has appealed to the people of the state to follow all COVID-19 related guidelines and take necessary precautions to stop the spread of the virus.

Mishra, in his message to the people this evening said that COVID-19 has once again lifted its ugly head in our country and state.

So far, our state and our people have been lucky to guard well against this deadly virus. “However, we need to now be extra careful and strict about protecting ourselves against the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said urging upon those eligible to get themselves vaccinated against Coronavirus during the ‘Tika Utsav’.

Arunachal’s COVID-19 tally rose to 16,875 on Saturday with two more people testing positive for the infection.

The state, at present, has 30 active cases while 16,789 people have recovered from the disease. 56 patients have succumbed to the infection so far.

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The governor said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his conference with all the chief ministers of states and union territories on April 08 has emphasised three very important factors—firstly, taking all precautions like wearing masks, keeping social distancing, frequent washing of hands and not spitting in public places, secondly, maximum testing and thirdly, extensive vaccination.

These are the golden rules which we must follow in letter and spirit, he said. The governor further called upon all the citizens of the state, especially the frontline warriors, doctors, paramedics and security personnel to take the challenge very seriously.

Let us be very strict about the anti-coronavirus protocols and defeat the onset of the virus in our state, Mishra said.

Wishing and praying for 100 per cent safety of the people from COVID-19, the governor requested all the deputy commissioners and district officials to fight the battle against the virus and ensure its success.

“I and our Chief Minister Pema Khandu is always with the people of the state and we will do everything possible to ensure that our people are safe from the pandemic,” the governor said in his message.

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