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Arunachal tally mounts to 16,437


ITANAGAR, Dec 9 - As many as 22 people, including one health care worker and four military personnel, tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday, taking the State�s tally of confirmed cases to 16,437.

Six of the fresh cases were reported from the Itanagar Capital Complex, four each from West Kameng and East Siang, two each from Upper Siang and Tirap, and one each from Siang, Changlang, Pakke-Kessang and Lohit, stated a bulletin issued by the State Directorate of Health Services here.

Fifteen of the new cases have been found to be asymptomatic and seven symptomatic. On the other hand, 37 COVID-19 patients were discharged across the State following their recovery from the disease. With this, the total number of people who have recuperated from the viral infection has risen to 15,690. The recovery rate has improved to 95.45 per cent.

The active COVID-19 cases in the State have dropped below the 700 mark for the first time since the last five months. The active cases now stand at 692, which comprise 4.55 per cent of the total caseload.

Taking to Twitter, Chief Minister Pema Khandu said the active cases of COVID-19 dropped below 700 for the first time in last five months. He, however, urged the people to follow the safety protocols.

�Though health situation may seem to improve, still we can�t let our guards down. Please always remember the three safety rules: #WearAMask, #WashYourHands and #PhysicalDistancing,� Khandu tweeted.

The State has so far tested 3,65,935 samples for COVID-19, including 649 on Tuesday. Fifty-five people have already succumbed to the disease. The fatality rate stands at 0.33 per cent.

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