Meghalaya records 31 new COVID-19 cases, 26 are BSF personnel

SHILLONG, Jul 16: Meghalaya on Thursday recorded 31 new COVID-19 positive cases even as it awaits the report of another who tested positive during the random testing done at Umpling.

“The random tests was done through antigen test kit after the person tested positive we have shifted the patient to Civil Hospital Shillong,” Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman Warr said.

Dr. Warr said that to bring more clarity whether it really is a positive case, clinical feature have to be taken.

He said that random testing in the areas adjacent to the BSF Frontier Headquarter, Umpling is on.

“In one area we will be taking the random samples of 50 persons,” the Director of Health Services said.

Meanwhile, Hek informed that out of the 31 new cases, the Border Security Force (BSF) recorded 26 new cases all in East Khasi Hills district from the armed forces 1 personnel in Ri-Bhoi district tested positive and there are 4 civilians (3 East Khasi Hills and 1 Ri-Bhoi).

Dr. Warr informed that the lone COVID-19 cases detected in Ri-Bhoi on Thursday was a person who was on duty at the check gate in Byrnihat.

While, in East Khasi Hills, out of the three civilians, two were returnees from Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh and another was an attendee at the orthopedic ward of North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS).

Dr. Warr also informed that 269 contacts have been traced from the 41 persons who attended the wedding at Greenwood Resort, Khanapara.

“So far 110 persons tested, the result was negative,” Dr. Warr said even as he added that in NEIGRIHMS, who are doing their own contact tracing more that 100 people have been recorded.

The Director of Health Services, informed that of the two cases under critical care, a 56-year old BSF personnel is under ventilator while another 46-year old is out of ventilator.

Hek informed that the total number of active cases in the state is 326, 49 has recovered (2 BSF personnel from Shillong), number of samples sent for testing is 25744, tests which yielded negative results is 24987, the results of samples awaited is 380.

Till Thursday afternoon, a total of 22105 stranded residents of the state has entered Meghalaya.