Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to extend the lockdown in the Itanagar Capital Region (ICR) for 7 more days, until June 7, following a surge in COVID-19 cases.
The lockdown is also likely to extend in Tawang, Lower Subansiri, Namsai, Upper Subansiri, Lohit and Anjaw districts of Arunachal Pradesh, officials in the government said.
The lockdown in ICR and all the aforementioned districts was supposed to end on May 31.
Indian Medical Association’s Arunachal Pradesh general secretary Dr Jego Ori said the State Task Force (STF) on COVID-19 had on Thursday put forward a few recommendations to the government with regard to the lockdown.
“The STF had given three recommendations to the government following which the cabinet might have decided to go ahead with the lockdown extension in the ICR,” Dr Ori said.
With regard to the other districts of the state, Dr Ori said there were several that proposed lockdown extension and a decision would likely be taken by the government soon.
Arunachal chief minister Pema Khandu on Friday said that the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) met to assess the COVID-19 situation in the State and to review the preparedness and response measures.
“Following deliberations, it was clear that Arunachal Pradesh is yet to come out of the danger zone and we must continue to take strict measures to contain the spread of the disease and save precious lives,” the CM said.
Posting on his social media handle, Khandu said, “We must all continue to take evidence and science-based decisions in tailoring our public health response in greater public interest.”
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Officials said the health department would focus on carrying out more random tests in the sectors and colonies during this period besides giving more emphasis to vaccination drive.
Arunachal reported a total of 444 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday that pushed the state’s overall active cases tally to 3692.
The ICR registered 114 cases which was followed by Tawang (56), Changlang (47), Lohit (32), Namsai (31), West Kameng (28), Lower Subansiri (20), East Siang (19), Lower Dibang Valley (18), East Kameng (12) and and Leparada (10).
Despite the lockdown, the ICR has the highest number of active cases at 716, followed by Changlang (455), Tawang (433), Namsai (275), Lower Subansiri (264) and Lower Dibang Valley (238).
(With inputs from PTI)
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