Meghalaya worried over rise in COVID cases

Shillong, Jul 25: Meghalaya Covid 19 situation is going from bad to worse and the State today recorded 59 fresh COVID-19 cases till today 1 PM taking the total active cases to 547.

Director of Health Services (MI) Dr. Aman Warr informed that of the 59 new cases, 4 are from East Jaintia Hills and they are the contacts of one police personnel who tested positive for the virus.

The majority of fresh cases are from East Khasi Hills with 54 infections. Of this, 41 are contacts and 13 are returnees.

Dr. Warr clarified that 6 patients from EKH are BSF, 20 cases from Mawpat circle are contacts of 1 positive patient from NEIGRIHMS.

Two other patients are from Jaiaw, he informed, adding that they were staffs from a quarantine centre.

He said that two are from Lower Nongrim Hills and they are the contact of a tourist taxi driver, who also reportedly visited DC office.

Another 5 residents from Mawlai tested positive for COVID-19 and they are contacts of a nurse and other patients from NEIGRIHMS.

Meanwhile, a 3 year old child from Keating Road also tested positive for the virus and has been referred to Civil Hospital. The child was a part of the contingent who attended the wedding in Bihar.

He informed that 5 cases from Lummawrie are contacts of a the person working in Geological Survey of India.

The rest are returnees from Nongmensong, Mawprem, Mawbah, Laitumkhrah, Sawlad, Happy Valley, Oxford Laban and Pynthor.

The total number of active COVID-19 cases in East Khasi Hills is 466, of which BSF is 286, others are 159, and 21 armed forces.

Ri-Bhoi District has 41 cases, West Jaintia Hills has 9, East Jaintia Hills has 8, West Garo Hills has 15, South West Garo Hills has 4, South Garo Hills has 2, East Garo Hills and North Garo Hills have one each.

The total number of recoveries till date stands at 94 with 5 deaths recorded.

Due to the spike in cases and need for massive contact tracing, lockdown has been reimposed, Dr. Warr added.