ITANAGAR, Aug 13 - Arunachal Pradesh today recorded one more casualty due to COVID-19, taking the virus death toll in the State to four.
A 56-year-old Assam Rifles personnel died at the Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH), Dibrugarh, due to COVID pneumonitis with acute respiratory failure, stated a senior Health official here.
The Assam Rifles jawan, who had returned from Imphal to Pasighat, had tested positive for COVID-19 on August 7 through RDT-Ag test at Rayang near the Ruksin check gate in East Siang district. He was then shifted to the 188 Military Hospital at Likabali for further management.
�He was referred to the AMCH, Dibrugarh, on August 11 for ICU care since his condition had deteriorated. The patient arrived at 6.30 pm and expired soon after at 8 pm due to COVID pneumonitis with acute respiratory failure,� State Surveillance Officer (IDSP) Dr L Jampa said late this evening.
Meanwhile, as per the latest data released by the State Directorate of Health Services, the number of COVID-19 cases has surged past the 2,500 mark in Arunachal Pradesh with the detection of 82 fresh cases.
The State�s total number of positive cases now stands at 2,512, including 790 active and 1,718 discharged cases, along with four fatalities.
Of the new cases, as many as 17 cases were detected in Itanagar followed by 14 in West Kameng and 12 in East Siang. Papum Pare and West Siang registered eight cases each, while Lower Siang reported six cases.
The eastern Arunachal districts of Changlang and Tirap recorded five cases each, whereas two cases each were found in Upper Siang and Lohit districts. Namsai, East Kameng and Longding districts registered one case each.
On the contrary, 59 COVID-19 patients were discharged following their recovery from the disease. Among those discharged, Changlang, Namsai and Tirap saw the release of sixteen, fourteen and twelve cured patients respectively.