State records 249 Covid cases on Sat, one dies

ITANAGAR, 15 May: The state recorded 249 fresh Covid positive cases on Saturday, with the Itanagar capital region (ICR) reporting the highest 76 cases, followed by Lohit (23) and Changlang (19).

Lower Subansiri and Tawang recorded 16 cases each. They were followed by Lower Siang (15), Namsai (15), East Siang (11), Tirap (9), Lower Dibang Valley (8), West Siang (8), West Kameng (6), Upper Subansiri (6), Dibang Valley (5), Papum Pare (5), Pakke-Kessang (3), Anjaw (3), East Kameng (2), Kra Daadi (1), Kamle (1), and Longding (1).

Of the total positive cases, 72 are symptomatic.

Altogether 199 patients recovered and were discharged on Saturday.

Meanwhile, IDSP State Surveillance Officer Dr L Jampa informed that a 53-year-old male from Tajang village in Lower Subansiri district passed away on Saturday due to acute respiratory distress syndrome. The deceased’s vaccination status was nil, Dr Jampa said.

As per data provided by Principal Health Secretary Dr Sharat Chauhan, Lower Dibang Valley, which has witnessed the most deaths in the second wave and has subsequently gone for a 17-day lockdown, is witnessing

a slow but steadily decreasing weekly trend of Covid positivity rate.

From its highest 13.7 percent weekly positivity rate between 29 April and 5 May, the district has decreased and maintained a positivity rate of 11.8 percent between 6 and 12 May, and the same is expected between 13 and 19 May.

The weekly trend of positivity rate in the ICR had increased from 0.6 percent between 1 and 7 April, and a 19.3 percent positivity rate is expected between 13 and 19 May.

Changlang district, which has the third highest number of active cases, has not seen an exponential positivity rate, but is expected to have a higher positivity rate of 2.92 percent between 13 and 19 May (see weekly trend of positivity rate).

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