2nd wave of Covid-19 hitting young adults more: DCH head  

ITANAGAR, 20 May: The second wave of Covid-19 is hitting young adults more in the state.

As per the case profile prepared by the officials of the dedicated Covid hospital (DCH) in Chimpu, the younger population is prone to contract Covid-19 in the second wave.

Briefing the press here on Thursday, Chimpu DCH Head Dr Tamar Paleng said that the second wave is more infectious and lethal.

“It attacks the lungs. We have seen that young people are getting admitted more in number and are being severely affected,” he said.

Dr Paleng said that serious Covid-19 patients started coming to the DCH from 10 April onwards. “More than 200 serious patients have been admitted in the last one and half month. At present, there are 50 patients, out of whom 10 are in the ICU and the rest are in normal wards,” said Dr Paleng.

He further said that severe pneumonia cases are on the rise due to Covid-19.

“Severe pneumonia is very difficult to treat. All the staffers working in the DCH are giving their best to save lives. Many have recovered. So far, five people have died in the DCH from Covid-19,” added Dr Paleng.

He also said that private hospitals in the state will have to start getting ready to treat Covid-19 patients.

“If cases continue to rise, a time may come when the private hospitals will also have to start treating Covid-19 patients,” said Dr Paleng.

Meanwhile, the state recorded 360 Covid-19 positive cases on Thursday, with the Itanagar capital region leading the list with 89 cases, followed by Changlang (60) and Tawang (40).

Of the total cases, 177 are symptomatic.

Altogether 214 patients either recovered or were discharged on the day. (See full bulletin)