Arunachal Pradesh best state in Covid recovery rate
| Wednesday | 17th February, 2021
Frontier state Arunachal Pradesh has emerged as the state with the best Covid recovery rate in the country, touching nearly 99.56%, said the Union health ministry on Tuesday.Union Territories, however, have come up with a better record. Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli are marginally ahead with a recovery rate of 99.88%.
Frontier state Arunachal Pradesh has emerged as the state with the best Covid recovery rate in the country, touching nearly 99.56%, said the Union health ministry on Tuesday. Union Territories, however, have come up with a better record. Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli are marginally ahead with a recovery rate of 99.88%.
The virus made deep penetration into the state despite the fortified Line of Actual Control negating the possibility of the virus being physically transmitted into the state. But the spread of the infection resulted in the expulsion of workers from neighbouring Assam and other states during the months of lockdown.
Many believe, the difficult terrain turned into an advantage as it naturally isolated dwellers. “The terrain has been the main reason why we have been less affected. Even now about 700 people are getting tested. The rate is very good for a state with a population of 14-15 lakh,” said Arunachal Pradesh health secretary P Parthiban. He added that the treatment protocol was followed even in the most remote districts to isolate cases in early stages. “It’s not only the recovery rate, the death rate is also one of the lowest in the state,” he said.
Stringent measures were adopted even to check trucks bringing in essentials from other states into ILP (inner line permit) protected Arunachal. From October onwards, once the festive season unfurled, many in other states, started flouting Covid safety rules. Masks and social distance were set aside. But in Arunachal, the screenings continued at about 11 entry points till about December last year.
While the country’s Covid-19 recovery rate has touched 97.32%, among the best in the world, seven NE states, excluding Sikkim, have better recovery percentage than the national average. Arunachal Pradesh is followed by Mizoram (99.36). The other five NE states that are among the 31 states and UTs with better than the national average are Tripura (98.82), Nagaland (98.80), Assam (98.76), Manipur (98.46) and Meghalaya (98.02).
As on February 16 (till 8 am), the cumulative number of healthcare and frontline workers vaccinated against Covid-19 in the country surpassed 87 lakh. Assam stays way ahead of other NE states in terms of vaccination. Including both doses, a total 1,32,475 healthcare workers have been vaccinated in the state.
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