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Itanagar: The COVID-19 caseload in Arunachal Pradesh rose to 28,018 as 376 more people tested positive for the infection, a senior health department official said here on Thursday.

The COVID-19 death toll in the state increased to 118 with two more persons succumbing to the disease in the past two days, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said.

A 56-year-old woman from the Capital Complex region died at the Dedicated Covid Hospital (DCH) Chimpu near here, on Monday due to acute respiratory distress syndrome. Another woman aged 51-years from Lower Siang died at DCH Pasighat in East Siang district on Wednesday due to Covid Pneumonia, the official said.

The Capital Complex region continued to witness highest spurt in fresh cases with 82, followed by Tawang (51), Lower Subansiri (36), Namsai, Changlang and West Kameng at 28 each, Lohit (19), Leparada (18), East Kameng (16) and Upper Siang at 12.

Nine new cases were also reported from Upper Subansiri, eight each from Pakke Kessang and Lower Dibang Valley, seven from East Siang, Papumpare (6), four each from Anjaw and Longding, two each from West Siang, Tirap, Kra Daadi, Kamle and Dibang Valley and one each from Kurung Kumey and Shi-Yomi district respectively, the SSO said.

Of the fresh cases 360 were detected through rapid antigen tests, 12 through RT-PCR and 4 through TrueNat method, the official said, adding that 135 patients have symptoms of COVID-19.

Arunachal Pradesh now has 3,817 active COVID-19 cases.

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At least 329 more people were recovered from the disease on Wednesday, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 24,083.

The COVID-19 recovery rate now is 85.95 per cent while the active percentage stands at 13.62 and the positivity rate at 5.23 per cent, Jampa said.

The Capital Complex Region – comprising Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa areas – has the highest number of active cases at 709, followed by Tawang (436), Changlang (352), Lower Subansiri (306), Namsai (298), Lower Dibang Valley (235), West Kameng (225) and Lohit with 201 cases.

Altogether, 5,99,605 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the state so far, including 7,181 on Wednesday, Jampa said.

Meanwhile, state immunisation officer Dr Dimong Padung said that a total of 3,51,155 people have been administered COVID-19 vaccine so far in the state since the inoculation drive began in January.

Dr Padung said that the state as on June 2 has a total of 1,56,580 doses of vaccines available, which includes 1,28,390 supplied by the Centre and 28,190 doses purchased by the state government from Serum Institute.

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