More COVID-19 cases detected in Meghalaya after random sampling

Correspondent Shillong, Aug 28 | Publish Date: 8/28/2020 12:09:25 PM IST
Random testing for COVID-19 carried out by the Meghalaya government has yielded positive results with several asymptomatic cases being detected due to antigen tests conducted, mostly at market places, over the past few days.
 As on Thursday evening,  Meghalaya registered 75 new cases of COVID-19, including 33 during random sample surveillance exercise undertaken by the Health and Family Welfare department, taking the active cases up to 1222 and number of recoveries so far to 899, Director Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War said. 
He also informed one patient died on Wednesday due to COVID-19, taking the fatalities to nine in the state.
70-year-old, Rajendra Shah, a resident of 29 Cantonment Anjalee, was brought dead to Shillong Civil Hospital on Wednesday evening.
On Wednesday, the deceased was not counted as COVID-19 death case, pending a decision of the medical team.
“After thorough consultation, this particular case was counted as death case due to COVID-19. It was also decided that from now on, any COVID-19 positive patient who died, no matter what they died of, will be counted as COVID-19 death,” Dr. War said.
Among the 75 new positive cases, the top medical official informed that 29 cases, including four cases of influenza like illness, were detected in East Khasi Hills district. 
27 positive cases were detected during the random sample surveillance exercise in Rongjeng and Songsak in East Garo Hills district, 15 cases in West Garo Hills district (11 armed force/paramilitary personnel, and four civilians) and two cases in South West Garo Hills district.
South Garo Hills district and North Garo Hills district detected one new case each. 
Asked about the accuracy of the antigen test, especially the results of random sampling/testing, Dr. War said that “any test cannot be stated as accurate”.
“RT-PCR is the common standard test for COVID-19 and in case of doubts (regarding the tests like antigen and others), we go for the RT-PCR test,” the medical official said, adding that anybody going for COVID-19 test on their ownhave to pay. 
With 25 more persons recovering from the viral infection, the total number of recoveries in the state stood at 899 as on date, the DHS said.
Of the 1222 active cases, Dr. War said 847 cases (283 armed forces/Paramilitary and 564 civilians), were detected in East Khasi Hills district, which is the most affected COVID-19 district in the State.
Meanwhile, several new residential and commercial premises in the state capital were brought under containment order issued by the East Khasi Hills District Magistrate in the wake of detection of Covid-19 positive cases. 


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