COVID-19 cases on the rise in Meghalaya

Correspondent Shillong, Aug 6 | Publish Date: 8/6/2020 10:26:00 AM IST

The overall COVID-19 cases in Meghalaya is nearly touching the 1000 mark with 51 fresh cases recorded on Thursday, taking the infection count to 990.

Director of Health Services, Dr. Aman War said of the 51 new detected cases, 17, included seven Border Security Force (BSF) troopers, three Armed Forces, one traffic police, wards boys from Civil Hospital Shillong and North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), a Pharmacist from  Civil Hospital Shillong and a tea vendor from Police Bazaar 

Fourteen more BSF troopers were infected with the viral flu in West Garo Hills, 19 in Ri-Bhoi including 15 Armed Forces district  and four civilians, while in West Jaintia Hills one civilian was infected , he further informed.

With the latest detections, active COVID-19 cases in the State has shot up to 640, of which 498 are in East Khasi Hills (194 BSF, 243 others, 61 Armed Forces).

Ri-Bhoi district has 70 active cases, West Garo Hills 29, West Jaintia Hills and East Jaintia Hills have 17 cases each, West Khasi Hills has 5, while South Garo Hills and South West Garo Hills Districts have two cases each. War also informed that with the recovery of six more patients (5 others, 1 BSF) in the East Khasi Hills today, the number of recoveries in the State has increased to 345 as of now.

 “Of the 39,782 samples sent for testing till Thursday, 38,412 were negative, while results of 380 are awaited,” a health official said, adding that 25,767 persons have returned to the state till date.

 “We are coming up with more corona care centres. For cases coming from outside, if they are negative, we send home. If positive, they are sent to corona care centres,” War said.  He further informed that restrictions have been lifted from 10 of the initial 28 declared containment zones in the city, while the remaining 18 have been designated as “micro containment areas”.


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