Meghalaya records 36 fresh cases; ‘No community transmission’

SHILLONG, Jul 27: Meghalaya recorded 36 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, health authorities informed on Monday even as the State recorded 51 new recoveries. 

The district wise break up of the new positive cases are – East Khasi Hills – 32 (Border Security Force (BSF) 12, armed forces 1 and civilians 19), East Jaintia Hills 2, West Garo Hills and Ri-Bhoi 1 each. 

Total active cases are – 547, the BSF and armed forces account for 285 cases and civilians 262.

District wise breakup of the active positive cases are East Khasi Hills – 443

(BSF 243, civilians 174, armed forces 26), West Khasi Hills three, Ri Bhoi – 52 out of which civilians are 43 and armed forces nine, in West Jaintia Hills there are 10 active cases, East Jaintia Hills 15, West Garo Hills 16, BSF seven, and civilians nine, South West Garo Hills four, South Garo Hills two, East Garo Hills one and North Garo Hills one. 

A total of 186 persons have recovered so far.

Meanwhile, the government informed that in as far as community transmission of COVID-19 virus in the State is concerned, it is not there. 

“As per the assessment of the Health Authorities, there is no Community Transmission suspected,” a government communique said. 

As per definition,”Community transmission means that the COVID-19 virus has become so widespread in a community that it gets difficult, if not impossible, to determine who is passing on the infection to whom”.

However, the government said that in Meghalaya, the clusters of most cases have been identified through extensive contact tracing exercise and the remaining ones will soon be identified as the contact tracing exercise is underway. 

The government said that with respect to the few SARI cases from Shillong (detected in H G Roberts Hospital) and cases from Khliehriat, East Jaintia Hills and Amlarem, West Jaintia Hills district who were initially tested positive for COVID-19 in RT PCR, it is informed that they were later tested negative in the Rapid Antigen test as well as the RTPCR test. 

Moreover, all their primary contacts have been traced and tested and most of their results have been tested as negative, while some results are still awaited.

“Hence, the possibility of community transmission, by definition as mentioned above, in the area of Khliehriat and Amlarem is ruled out,” the government stated.