- Arunachal Pradesh will only allow people to enter who have been vaccinated
- Naresh Kumar informed that the AP government is ensuring that any person coming to Arunachal Pradesh is vaccinated
- 8 out of 17 states and UTs are from North-eastern part India
India’s frontier state Arunachal Pradesh has decided to allow entry into the state to only those people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar informed the Union Home Ministry, in a review meeting, about the decision of the AP government. The meeting was convened to assess the COVID-19 situation every north-eastern state and Union Territories.
Kumar informed that the state government is making sure that any person who comes to Arunachal Pradesh fulfils the requirement of being vaccinated before he or she enters the state.
Attending a video conference which was chaired by Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, the state chief secretary said that the Arunachal Pradesh government has taken up three strategies – extensive tracking and testing, enforcement of Covid appropriate behaviour, and vaccination drive for all age groups – to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
Kumar informed that the state has completed the first dose vaccination of 68% of the beneficiaries, which also includes those in the age group of 18-44 years. Having said that, he also requested the Centre for additional 3 lakh COVID-19 vaccines doses to inoculate everyone stands eligible for the jabs.
There are two RT-CPR testing units in the state, and every district has TrueNat machines of appropriate capacities for COVID-19 testing, he added.
The chief secretary also informed that the state government has improved the health infrastructure even in remote areas. Kumar said, “Oxygen and oxygen beds have been made available in every district and the government is planning to add another 500 oxygen beds in the state in near future. Moreover, medicine in sufficient quantity is available with the state.”
On Thursday, a senior health department official said that the state has reported 404 fresh cases of COVID-19, raising the tally to 38,283. The death toll in AP mounted to 184 as three more people succumbed to the virus, he said.
The report from Minst said, “The Capital Complex Region reported the highest number of new infections at 98, followed by East Siang (38), Lohit (32), West Kameng (27), Tawang (24), Papumpare (23), Changlang (22), Upper Subansiri and Leparada at 18 each, Lower Dibang Valley (15), Kamle (14) and West Siang (13).”
The state now has 3,363 active cases, while 34,736 people have successfully recovered from the virus as of now, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Lobsang Jampa said. The recovery rate and positivity rate stood at 90.73% and 7.4%, respectively, said the official.