Arunachal: 14-month-old Baby Succumbs to Covid-19 in Chimpu DCH 


A 14-month-old child, who had tested positive for Covid-19, succumbed to cardio-pulmonary disease at the Dedicated Covid Hospital in Chimpu on Friday.

The child, who had birth deformities, tested positive for Covid-19 on January 20 and was referred to DCH, Chimpu from RK Mission Hospital, Itanagar.

Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 cases in the state has suddenly peaked with around 300 to over 400 Covid-19 cases detected within the recent week.

Apart from the general public, an alarming rate of infection has also been witnessed among many healthcare workers. A number of healthcare workers have contracted the virus, which health experts say is unavoidable at this stage.

A senior health official stated that the current strain of the infection “is probably of Omicron variant, which has a very high infectivity rate, though it is 60 percent less virulent than previous strains.”

Asked if any case of the Omicron variant has been detected in the state so far, the health official informed that the microbiology department and the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme have sent samples for whole genome sequencing and they are yet to get any update on it.

The senior health official, expressed concern that “many do not get tested and those who do self-testing do not report later as kits are now also available over the counter in many pharmacies in the capital.”

India added 3,47,254 new Covid-19 infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,85,66,027 which includes 9,692   cases of the Omicron variant, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.


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