Itanagar: The COVID-19 caseload in Arunachal Pradesh mounted to 46,357 as 490 more people tested positive for the infection, a senior health official said on Tuesday.

The death toll rose to 218 after two more persons from the Capital Complex Region and Tawang, succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Dr Lobsang Jampa said.

The two COVID-19 patients died while undergoing treatment at health facilities, and they had comorbidities, he said.

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The Capital Complex Region registered the highest number of fresh cases at 136, followed by Papumpare (35), Changlang (34), Lohit (32), Lower Subansiri and Upper Subansiri (31 each), West Kameng (27), Tawang (20), Namsai (19), West Siang (18) and Kamle (16).

At least 460 new cases were detected through rapid antigen test, 20 through RT-PCR and 10 through TrueNat method, the SSO said, adding that 269 people have symptoms of COVID-19.

At least 435 people were cured of the disease on Monday, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 41,820, he said.

The recovery rate among coronavirus patients in the state stands at 90.21 per cent.

Arunachal Pradesh now has 4,319 active cases, Jampa said.

The Capital Complex Region – comprising Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa areas – has the highest number of active cases at 1,142, followed by Lohit at 331, Papumpare at 312, Lower Subansiri at 301, West Kameng at 283 and East Siang at 222.

Altogether, 9,08,388 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the state so far, including 6,574 on Monday, and the positivity rate currently stands at 7.45 per cent, he said.

State Immunisation Officer Dr Dimong Padung said 8,31,415 people have been administered COVID vaccine doses since the beginning of the inoculation drive in January.

Meanwhile, Bollywood singer and music composer Mohit Chauhan in partnership with a Delhi-based NGO provided COVID relief materials worth Rs 1.50 crore to Arunachal Pradesh.

The singer and officials of the organisation handed over 50 oxygen concentrators, 1,250 rapid antigen test kits, 5000 N-95 masks and 5,000 medical kits to Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday.

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