COVID-19 fatalities rise; 88 fresh cases in Meghalaya

Correspondent Shillong, Sep 6 | Publish Date: 9/6/2020 12:18:52 PM IST
The COVID-19 death toll in Meghalaya rose to 16 with one more fatality in Meghalaya even as the confirmed cases rose to 1,433 with 88 new cases detected on Sunday, health officials said.
Meanwhile, night curfew has been further extended across the state from 9 pm to 5 am from September 7 to 14 next as mitigation measures to contain, reduce and eliminate COVID by way of rigorous contact tracing, testing, quarantine, isolation and ensuring strict observance of protocols and advisories.
With community transmission taking place where tracing the source of infection is not possible, the District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills, Matsiewdor War Nongbri has advised persons above 65 years, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below 10 years to stay at home except for meeting essential requirements and health purposes.
“Individual must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet or 2 metres in public places,” Nongbri specified in her order.
Meanwhile, Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War informed that a 59-year-old man Dinabandhu Roy from Shillong died of COVID-19 on Sunday afternoon at Nazareth hospital.
“The patient (Roy) admitted at NEIGRIHMS hospital this morning was suffering from diabetes mellitus and myocardial infarction with COVID-19,” War said.
Of the 88 new cases, the senior medical official said, 35, including 15 personnel of armed forces/para military forces, were reported from East Khasi Hills district, 39 that included 12 personnel of armed forces/para military forces from West Garo Hills district, 4 each from South Garo Hills district, 4 from East Jaintia Hills district, besides 1 case each from West Jaintia Hills, South Garo Hills and South West Garo Hills districts respectively.
War informed 29 COVID-19 patients also recovered on Sunday taking the overall recoveries to 1,556.
East Khasi Hills is the most affected district with 945 active cases, followed by West Garo Hills with 174, 117 in Ri-Bhoi, 97 in East Garo Hills, 31 in West Khasi Hills, 28 in East Jaintia Hills, 15 in South Garo Hills, 12 in North Garo Hills, 4  in South West Garo Hills, 9 in West Jaintia Hills and 1 in South West Khasi Hills.         
A total of 251 personnel of armed forces/para military forces posted in Meghalaya are COVID-19 and undergoing quarantine in their respective units.
More residential and commercial complexes in the state capital have been declared as containment zones by the East Khasi Hills district administration with the detection of Covid-19 positive cases in these premises, even as containment orders from several others have been lifted after contract tracing and establishment of no further infection.


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