SHILLONG, Jul 4: Meghalaya recorded eight new COVID-19 cases since Friday evening, health authorities informed on Saturday.
Director of Health Service (MI), Dr. Aman Warr informed that last night four positive cases were detected in 13 Mile, Ri-Bhoi district.
Dr. Warr informed that out of these two, one was working in Guwahati and another who had an ailment had gone there for treatment.
The Director of Health Service informed that on July 2, they were tested for the virus.
“On July 2, the sample of the ailing person was taken and the person who was working in Guwahati had himself gone to for testing,” Dr. Warr said.
The ailing person came back to the State and when his tests yielded positive results Assam authorities took him back to Guwahati and is now under isolation,” he informed.
Following, these two cases, the Ri-Bhoi district administration to conduct contact tracing and samples were taken to NEIGRIHMS for testing and four persons tested positive for COVID-19.
Dr. Warr informed that on Saturday afternoon, another positive case was detected in Ri-Bhoi which was the first high risk contact of the person who was working at Greenwood Restaurant, Guwahati.
He also informed that in East Khasi Hills three new cases were detected and all are Border Security Force (BSF)personnel out of which two were in Lyngkhat near the border with Bangladesh.
The Director of Health Service said that after the detection of the two cases in Lyngkhat advisory has been to the BSF authorities to take samples of all the personnel there.
With the new cases the number of active cases in the State has gone up to 26.
The, District wise break up of active cases – East Khasi Hills – 11, Ri-Bhoi 10, South West Garo Hills-2, East Jaintia Hills – 1 and West Garo Hills – 2.
Dr. Warr also informed that 20570 samples were sent for testing, 20251 results yielded negative results and 250 test results.
Meanwhile, 19880 stranded residents of the State came back into the State from other parts of the country.
Dr. Warr also informed that during the random testing conducted on Saturday, in Khanapara, Ri-Bhoi district 350 samples were taken and all these turned out to be negative.
Urging the people citizens not to panic, Dr. Warr said, “All the cases are accounted for and we know who were their contacts and with the curb of movement of people we hope the spread can be stopped.”
He also informed that one person who had attended a marriage in Greenwood restaurant, Guwahati and who is a resident of Mawprem locality, his samples has been taken for testing.
Dr. Warr said that if he is found positive authorities will have to go for contact tracing.