COVID-19: one more dead as 108 more positive in Meghalaya

Correspondent Shillong, Sep 4 | Publish Date: 9/4/2020 10:24:49 AM IST

Another COVID-19 patient died in Meghalaya, taking the fatality in the State to 14, while 108 more persons tested positive. The number of active cases rose to 1252 on Friday, even as Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong hinted of a community transmission phase.  With six government employees at the main and additional state secretariats testing positive for COVID-19, the government has decided to disinfect and sanitize the two buildings. It urged the public, except those with important official work, not to visit the two premises for a week with effect from September 7.

 “Employees from the finance, law and information and public relations departments have tested positive,” Tynsong said. 

Due to COVID-19 positive cases, the Teachers’ Day function organized by the education department to be held on Saturday has been shifted from the Secretariat to the State Convention Centre. With the spurt of positive COVID-19 cases, Tynsong said that Meghalaya seems to have entered the community transmission phase.

 “After seeing the spike in COVID-19 cases, the State government discussed has came to a conclusion in its review meeting that community spread seems to be already in place,” he said.

Tynsong urged citizens to adhere to the Standard Operating Procedures and protocols issued by the State government through the Health Department. 

 Citing the basic three habits of social distancing, wearing masks and washing or sanitizing hands frequently, he said that people should be sensitive to the situation and follow guidelines.

Tynsong attributed the spurt in cases mainly due to people not adhering to the protocols issued by the government.

Health and Family Welfare Minister, Alexander Laloo Hek informed that a 59-year-old woman Ritha G Momin of MES Quarters, Crinoline died of COVID-19 on Thursday at North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) hospital.

Updating the details of the 108 new COVID-19 positive cases detected across the state, he said 43 cases were detected in East Khasi Hills district, 27 cases in Ri-Bhoi district, 24 in West Garo Hills district, six in West Jaintia Hills district, 4 in East Jaintia Hills district, 2 in North Garo Hills  district,  besides 1 each in South Garo Hills and South West Khasi Hills districts. 

East Khasi Hills is the most affected district with 842 active cases , followed by West Garo Hills with 140. There are 83 cases in East Garo Hills, 91 in  Ri-Bhoi , 31 in West Khasi Hills, 25 in East Jaintia Hills, 22 in South Garo Hills, 6 in North Garo Hills, 3 each in South West Garo Hills and West Jaintia Hills, besides 1 in South West Khasi Hills. 

Hek further informed that 95, 457 samples have been sent for testing so far of which 91,989 came out negative while the results of 734 samples were awaited.

On the other hand, the state also registered 75 recoveries, taking the recovered cases to 1468.

The Health Minister said that 33 COVID-19 patients recovered in the East Khasi Hills, 13 in West Khasi Hills, five in West Garo Hills, 2 in East Jaintia Hills and 1 each in North Garo Hills and West Jaintia Hills. 

So far Meghalaya has detected a total of 2734 COVID-19 cases of which 1252 are active, 14 deceased and 1468 recovered.           

Meanwhile, the State Government has also decided to reopen the shops and other business establishments located along the National Highways.

 “The Health Department has been instructed to come  out with detailed SOPs and protocols for those business houses,” he added.


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