Itanagar: At least 486 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, taking the tally in the state to 44,708, a health department official said on Friday.

The death toll rose to 208 after four persons, including two women, succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours, State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said.

All four patients – two from Capital Complex Region and one each from Namsai and West Siang – died while undergoing treatment at various health facilities of the state, and they had comorbidities, he said.

The Capital Complex Region registered the highest number of fresh cases at 144, followed by Papumpare (41), Lower Subansiri (35), West Siang (34), Lohit (30), West Kameng (29), Upper Subansiri (19) and East Siang, Namsai and Tawang (18 each), the official said.

Among the new patients, 426 were detected through rapid antigen tests, 35 through RT-PCR and 26 through TrueNat methods; the SSO said, adding that 169 people have symptoms of COVID-19.

At least 468 patients were cured of the disease on Thursday, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 40,102, Jampa said.

The recovery rate among coronavirus patients in the state stands at 89.70 per cent.

Arunachal Pradesh now has 4,398 active cases, he said.

The Capital Complex Region – comprising Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa areas – has the highest number of active cases at 1,132, followed by Lohit (318), Lower Subansiri (280), East Siang (271), West Kameng (270) and Tawang at (216).

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Altogether, 8,84,284 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the state so far, including 6,840 on Thursday, and the positivity ratio stands at 7.10, Jampa said.

State Immunisation Officer Dr Dimong Padung said that 8,08,337 people have been administered COVID vaccine doses so far in the state since the beginning of the inoculation drive in January.

Meanwhile, the state government has decided to extend curfew hours in nine districts that have recorded coronavirus positivity rates of more than 10 per cent in the past week.

The timing of curfew in the nine districts has been extended from 3 pm to 5 am, which will come into force from July 25.

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