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Another doctor tests positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya

Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 31 | Publish Date: 7/31/2020 12:52:19 PM IST

Twenty persons, including a doctor, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya on Friday, taking the total number of active cases in the State to 603.  Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, who chaired a review meeting on the prevailing health situation, said that the government will adopt a micro containment strategy in potential high-risk areas to balance out the health of the people and economy of the State. 

“Behaviour Change training will be imparted in locations with COVID-19 cases to impress on citizens to take precautions for their safety,” Sangma said.

Meanwhile, Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War said the doctor is from Bethany hospital, Shillong.  This is the fourth doctor who tested positive in Meghalaya after three others including Dr John L Sailo Ryntathiang who succumbed to the virus on April 15. 

Besides the doctor, two cases with severe acute respiratory infection from Bethany Hospital, one staff of RP Chest Hospital, one is from North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) hospital, the medical official said. Out of the 20 new cases, Dr Warr said 19 are from East Khasi Hills district (12 armed forces, one Border Security Force and six civilians) and South Garo Hills recorded one positive case. the latest cases, East Khasi Hills has the maximum number of active ones – 506 out of which BSF – 253, civilians – 207 and armed forces 46; West Khasi hills – four; Ri-Bhoi – 43; West Jaintia Hills – 14; East Jaintia Hills – 15; West Garo Hills – 15; South West Garo Hills – 4 ; and South Garo Hills – 2. War also informed that the state recorded five new recoveries out of which four are in East Khasi Hills, two each from the BSF and civilians and another was recorded from Ri-Bhoi taking the total recoveries to 215 in the state as of now.

“The total number of samples sent for testing till Friday afternoon is 36859 out of which 35569 samples tested negative and the results waited are 467,” he informed.

War also informed that the clusters, identified district wise by the Health department are :  East Khasi Hills - 21, East Garo Hills – 5, West Jaintia Hills – 5, East Jaintia Hills – 7, West Garo Hill – 10, South West Garo Hills - 5, West Khasi Hills - 2, North Garo Hills - 3, South Garo Hills – 4, South West Khasi Hills – 1, and Ri-Bhoi - 8. 


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