Meghalaya records 78 new COVID-19 cases

SHILLONG, Aug 19: Meghalaya on Wednesday recorded 78 new COVID-19 cases, with East Khasi Hills accounting for 47 of those.

Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman Warr informed that in East Khasi Hills Border Security Force (BSF) recorded 17 new cases and others – 30.

West Garo Hills recorded 27 new cases (BSF 18 and others nine), East Jaintia Hills recorded two both returnees from Assam and North Garo Hills two cases – one a returnee from Assam and one tested positive during random sampling.

Dr. Warr also informed that during random testing undertaken since August 16 till August 19, a total of 2168 persons were tested in various areas under East Khasi Hills and a total of 96 people tested positive.

The Director of Health Services also informed that Shillong is going towards community spread even as he added that even in Phulbari and Tikrikilla in West Garo Hills community spread is there.

He however said that a definite statement on this will be given after thoroughly analysing the matter and when contact tracing is completed.

The total active cases in Meghalaya now stands at 804 with East Khasi Hills accounting for 470 (BSF – 96, others – 298 and armed forces – 76), West Khasi Hills – three, South West Khasi Hills – one, Ri-Bhoi – 95, West Jaintia Hills – four, East Jaintia Hills – eight, West Garo Hills – 207, South West Garo Hills – four, South Garo Hills – two and North Garo Hills – 10.

Meghalaya also recorded 40 new recoveries on Wednesday taking the total to 725. East Khasi Hills (BSF – one, armed forces – one and others – 21), Ri-Bhoi – eight, West Garo Hills – nine (BSF – eight and others – one).

The number of samples sent for testing till Wednesday afternoon are 44695, a total of 42700 samples tested negative and results of 460 samples are awaited.

A total of 29135 citizens of Meghalaya returned back till Wednesday afternoon.