Fewer COVID cases in M’laya; UK returnees tests negative

Correspondent Shillong, Dec 27 | Publish Date: 12/27/2020 12:26:29 PM IST
Meghalaya has been reporting fewer COVID-19 cases on a daily basis over the past few days with just five cases, all from East Khasi Hills district adding up to 226 positive cases across the State on Sunday.
On the other hand, five persons who had returned from the United Kingdom to Shillong on November 21 have tested negative for the viral infection.
“Though, the returnees from United Kingdom have tested negative and show no symptoms for the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 virus, all five of them have been asked to isolate themselves and the health workers are keeping a close watch on their health status,” an official said.
Recently, the Meghalaya Government had issued an order directing all entrants to the state from the United Kingdom to declare their travel history of past 14 days to the Surveillance Units in the State and at the Districts and undergo Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test.
“All those tested positive shall be isolated in an institutional isolation facility in a separate (isolation) unit coordinated by the State health authorities. Those who are found negative on testing with RT-PCR are to undergo seven days of institutional quarantine followed by another seven days of home quarantine, monitored by the IDSP/District Surveillance Officers,” a notification issued by the Commissioner and Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, Sampath Kumar said.
Meanwhile, with 164 active COVID-19 cases, including 18 from among armed/paramilitary forces, East Khasi Hills, including Shillong is the most affected district in the State, even as the numbers of active cases in the ten other districts have been on gradual decline.
The State also recorded 27 more recoveries from the viral infection, surging the number of recoveries to 13012.
The new recoveries registered on Sunday included 22 in East Khasi Hills district, two in Ri Bhoi district,one each in North Garo Hills district, South West Garo Hills district and West Garo Hills district, Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War said.
Till date, Meghalaya has reported a total of 13,376 confirmed COVID-19 cases out of which 226 are active, 138 fatalities and 113,012 are cases of recovery.

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