M’laya logs single-day spike of over 1,000 Covid-19 cases

SHILLONG, MAY 20: | Publish Date: 5/20/2021 2:40:46 PM IST

 Situation “unprecedented”, likely to become worse: Hek

Meghalaya on Thursday recorded the highest ever single-day spike of 1,183 new Covid cases, since the onset of the pandemic in April last year, pushing the number of active cases up to 6,477, health officials said.
The State also reported 10 new Covid deaths in the past 24-hours, mounting the death toll to 389, while the number of recovered patients has gone up to 20,061 with 465 patients declared recovered from the viral infection as on Wednesday.
Terming the COVID-19 situation in the State as “unprecedented”, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Alexander Laloo Hek said, “it is likely to become worse”, and urged the citizens to extend their cooperation with the government to stem the COVID-19 infection.
East Khasi Hills, which includes the State capital Shillong, is the worst-hit Coronavirus district in Meghalaya with 3,755 active cases and 324 deaths as on date.
A total lockdown and total curfew has been imposed for the next ten days to break the transmission chain in East Khasi Hills district, even as hospitals are overwhelmed in the district, health officials said.         
“The next ten days is very crucial for all of us and we should isolate ourselves during this lockdown period in our efforts to flatten the COVID-19 curve,” Hek said.
“The government alone cannot win this war against this unknown enemy but we can defeat it only if the people cooperate with the government by strictly adhering to the guidelines issued by the government to contain the spread of the infection,” the health minister underscored. 
Hek also voiced his appreciation to various social groups and the influential Dorbar Shnong (Village Council) in various localities for setting up Corona Care Centre for mild symptomatic COVID positive patients who need medical attention, or cannot stay at home.
Meanwhile, Director Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War informed that the 10 new fatalities reported in the past 24 hours, includes six in East Khasi Hills district and one death each in West Garo Hills district, South West Garo Hills district, North Garo Hills district and South Garo Hills district, health officials said.

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