SHILLONG, Aug 1: Meghalaya again saw a surge in COVID-19 cases after 33 fresh cases were detected on Saturday.
Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman Warr in his daily briefing informed that out of these new cases East Khasi Hills recorded 27 fresh ones out of which 16 are civilians, eight armed forces and Border Security Force (BSF) three, West Garo Hills recorded one case, Ri-Bhoi three (two armed forces and one civilian), East Jaintia Hills one and West Khasi Hills one.
East Khasi Hills which recorded 27 cases includes four health staff of Shillong Civil Hospital, three BSF personnel and eight personnel of armed forces, besides seven returnees and two NEIGRIHMS contacts.
With the new cases the state now has 599 active cases, out of which East Khasi Hills accounts for 496 of them (BSF-218, civilian 224 and armed forces 54), West Khasi Hills – five, Ri-Bhoi -46, West Jaintia Hills – 14, East Jaintia Hills – 16, West Garo Hills – 16, South West Garo Hills – four and South Garo Hill – two.
The state also saw 39 recoveries on the day out of which 38 were from the BSF and one civilian. So far a total of 252 persons have recovered.
Of the 37728 swab samples tested in the state till Saturday, 6,341 came out negative while the outcome of 531 were awaited, he informed, adding that 24,344 residents of the state, who were stranded outside have so far returned.