COVID -19: 8 villages declared containment zones in Meghalaya; 25 new cases reported

Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 22 | Publish Date: 7/22/2020 2:04:27 PM IST

Twenty-five persons, mostly civilians, tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya with active cases in the State mounting to 433, even as eight more recovered on Wednesday. The government has declared seven villages in West Jaintia Hills district and Block 2 of Lumpynngad area here in East Khasi Hills district as containment zones after health authorities detected positive COVID-19 cases.

West Jaintia Hills District Magistrate, Garod L.S.N.Dykes has declared seven villages -- Amlarem, Krangpamtdong, Amsarim, Ladjaplem, Amshipai, Lai Lyngdoh and Amlatdoh -- under Amlarem Civil Sub Division as containment zones from midnight of July 22 to 6.00 am of July 27 after three persons tested positive for COVID-19.

“These seven villages have been declared as containment zones in order to detect the high risk contacts of the three persons so as to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the district,” Dykes said. Director Health Services (MI) Dr. Aman War said that health authorities would conduct random testing along vulnerable areas of the villages in East and West Jaintia Hills districts bordering Bangladesh. 

As on Wednesday evening, War said 25 fresh cases were reported which included19 in East Khasi Hills (2 Armed Forces, 6 BSF and 11 others), 4 in West Jaintia Hills, and 2 in East Jaintia Hills.

“We also have 8 new recoveries that include 4 BSF, 2 Air Force and a civilian, taking the total recoveries to 78,” the medical official told reporters.

Of the 11 civilians who tested positive in East Khasi Hills today, 4 are returnees from Assam and one from Arunachal Pradesh, one from West Bengal and one from Manipur. Three others are high risk contacts from the NEIGRIHMS, including two staff nurses and one diet helper. “In East Jaintia Hills, the two cases, including a Meghalaya police personnel and a shopkeeper were detected during a random testing conducted at Khliehriat market and all have been placed in corona care centre and some in Jowai MCH hospital,” War said, adding that contact tracing is on and we will see how many from the high risk are positive. Contact tracing will be massive since the patient has visited market places.

Furthermore, he informed that of the 4 who tested positive in West Jaintia Hills, one is a returnee from Assam, while three are cases detected during random tests conducted at Amlarem market.

Meanwhile, as per the latest update, East Khasi Hills District has over 366 active cases that include 269 BSF troopers, 14 armed forces and 83 others.

In Ri Bhoi district where areas bordering Assam have been declared as ‘containment zones’, the number of people infected by COVID-19 is 42.

There are 12 active cases in West Garo Hills, 5 in West Jaintia Hills, 2 in South Garo Hills, 2 in East Jaintia Hills, 1 in South West Garo Hills, 1 in East Garo Hills, and 1 in North Garo Hills. War said 29,742 swab samples have been sent for testing till Wednesday, out of which 28, 967 yielded negative while the test report of  260 are still awaited.

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