Arunachal records lowest COVID-19 mortality rate

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Itanagar/Guwahati: Arunachal Pradesh has the lowest COVID-19 fatality rate in the country at 0.19 per cent against the national average of 1.55 per cent while Punjab’s death ratio is the highest at 3.07 per cent, Union Health Ministry data revealed on Thursday.

According to official reports, 11,267 persons tested positive for COVID-19 till Wednesday night in Arunachal Pradesh with 21 persons losing their lives and 8,396 people recovering.

The recovery rate among the COVID-19 patients in the border state stands at 74.51 per cent and the state now has 2,850 active coronavirus cases.

Another mountainous north-eastern state Nagaland also has a lesser fatality rate at 0.25 per cent even as 17 persons died in the state due to COVID-19. Of the 6,715 Covid-19 cases in the state, 1,194 are active cases. 

Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Minister S Pangnyu Phom said till now 23 COVID-19 infected persons have died in the state. “Only 12 deaths are due purely to coronavirus, five owing to comorbidities and six are being checked to ascertain the cause of death,” he added.

The COVID-related death ratio in all the remaining north-eastern states – Sikkim (1.52 per cent), Tripura (1.1 per cent), Meghalaya (0.84 per cent), Manipur (0.64 per cent) and Assam (0.41 per cent)- “is lowest than the national average of 1.55 per cent”.

Mizoram is the only state in India where nobody has died due to coronavirus. According to the health officials in Aizawl, Mizoram till now reported 2,150 positive cases, including 372 women.

1,919 patients have recovered from COVID-19 with the recovery rate at more than 88 per cent.

Among the eight north-eastern states, the highest number of 1,90,209 people tested positive in Assam. According to Guwahati health officials, 1,57,635 people had recovered from the disease till Wednesday night with a recovery rate of nearly 83 per cent.