Arunachal reports 41 COVID cases, government begins contact tracing

Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh has reported 41 new cases of COVID 19 in the past 24 hours and will start contact tracing from Saturday, a senior health department official has said.

With the new cases, the number of cases in Arunachal Pradesh rose to 64,876 on Saturday.

The toll remained unchanged at 296, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Lobsang Jampa said.

The northeastern state had remained virus-free for the past two months. It is experiencing an increase in coronavirus cases since July 1, similar to other parts of the country, the SSO said.

Among the new cases, 12 were reported from the capital complex area, 11 from Namsai district, four from Leparada, three from Lower Dibang Valley and two from Anjaw, Changlang and Lower Subansiri districts.

Arunachal Pradesh currently has 241 active cases, while 64,339 patients have recovered including 22 on Friday, the official said.

The recovery rate stands at 99.17%, while the activity rate stands at 0.37%, Jampa said.

Lohit district has the highest number of 49 active cases. The capital complex region comprising Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa regions has 49 active coronavirus cases.

A total of 12,78,198 samples have been tested for the coronavirus in the state, including 226 on Friday, Jampa said.

So far, a total of 18,09,833 people have received the COVID-19 vaccine, including 42,287 booster doses, state immunization chief Dimong Padung said.

Meanwhile, the state health department will begin contact tracing for COVID-19 from Saturday and rapid response teams will be activated, Jampa said.

Micro-containment areas will be declared based on the number of cases, he said.

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