Arunachal MLA tests positive for COVID-19; death toll climbs to 9

BJP lawmaker from Namsai in Arunachal Pradesh, Chau Zingnu Namchoom on September 8 informed that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a social media post, Namchoom wrote: “Recently, I have been travelling to attend meetings. So, I took the Rapid Antigen Test today for the safety and security of my family, friends and society as a whole, and I have tested positive for COVID-19. And I am following all the necessary instruction advised by doctors.”

He requested everyone who came in contact with him in the past few days, to isolate themselves and get tested.

Among others, Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein was also one of the primary contacts of Namchoom. “As I was the primary contact of Hon’ble MLA Namsai, Chau Zingnu Namchoom ji who have been tested positive in Rapid Antigen Test today. As per the advised of the Doctors, I will be in home isolation for next 5 days. So, I request all my fellow citizens to avoid visiting my home,” Mein tweeted on September 8.

Arunachal Pradesh Assembly Speaker PD Sona in a series of tweets wrote: “As alerted by Hon’ble MLA Namsai Shri @ZingnuChau, I underwent Rapid Antigen Test for COVID-19 and tested negative. However, as a precautionary measure and also suggested by the Dr, I shall be in home isolation for five days and request everyone to refrain from visiting me.”

Informing that rapid antigen test for COVID-19 for the all MLAs would be held at the Assembly complex on September 9, the speaker urged all the members to avail the facility and get tested.

Arunachal Pradesh so far recorded 5402 COVID-19 cases out of which active cases stands at 1670 while 3723 patients recovered from the disease and were discharged from COVID care centres and hospitals. The state has recorded nine fatalities.

On September 8, a person with comorbid conditions died on way from General Hospital Bomdila to DCH Itanagar. A medical bulletin stated that the 41-year-old person was a diabetic and was referred to DCH Itanagar from General Hospital Bomdila. The patient’s condition deteriorated when he was in transit. He was rushed to a hospital at Jamuguri in Assam where he lost his life.

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