Meghalaya records 26 new cases on Friday, total stands at 352

SHILLONG, Jul 17: Meghalaya on Friday recorded another 26 new COVID-19 cases taking the tally of active cases to 352.

Of the new cases recorded on Friday, East Khasi Hills clocked 19 of them while Ri-Bhoi has 7 new cases. 

In East Khasi Hills, out of the 19 new cases, 14 are Border Security Force (BSF) personnel while 5 are civilians (3 are returnees and 2 we’re part of the wedding party in Patna). 

“With the two latest cases, now all the 13 persons who had attended the wedding in Patna have tested positive after they arrived in Shillong,” Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman Warr informed. 

Giving the district wise break up of the positive cases, Dr. Warr informed that East Khasi Hills has 307 active cases (BSF – 236, civilians – 57 and armed forces – 14), Ri-Bhoi – 31, East Jaintia Hills – 2, West Garo Hills – 8, South Garo Hills – 2, East Garo Hills – 1 and North Garo Hills – 1.

So far the State has 49 patients who have recovered. The Director of Health Services informed that till Friday afternoon a total of 25981 samples have been tested out of which 25178 samples tested negative and the report of 400 samples are awaited. 

A total of 22329 stranded residents has so far entered Meghalaya. 

Meanwhile, Dr. Warr has hinted that community spread may have started in Khanapara area. 

Moreover on the ramdon testing in localities adjacent to the BSF Frontier Headquarter, Umpling he said that more than 500 samples were tested in Umpling and five persons had tested positive for the virus.

It may be mentioned that on Wednesday during the random testing through antigen test kit, one person had tested positive and when RT-CPR test was conducted it was confirmed.

“Now we have four more cases through antigen test kit and they too have been tested by RT-PCR but results are awaited,” Dr. Warr said. 

He also informed that 1001 samples were tested in Nongmensong and none tested positive for the virus.