One doctor tests positive among 20 fresh COVID-19 cases

SHILLONG, Jul 31: Meghalaya recorded 20 fresh COVID-19 cases till Friday afternoon, the state’s Health department said.

Out of these cases, one is a doctor, two are SARI cases from the same hospital, one is a staff of RP Chest Hospital, one is from North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), one is a contact of a returnee who came back on July 23 and the case in South Garo Hills is a returnee from Bangalore.

Director of Health of Service (MI), Dr. Aman Warr said that out of the 20 new cases 19 are from East Khasi Hills district (armed forces 12, BSF one and civilians 6) and South Garo Hills recorded one positive case.

With the latest cases, East Khasi Hills has the maximum number of active ones – 506 out of which BSF – 253, civilians – 207 and armed forces 46, West Khasi hills – four, Ri-Bhoi – 43, West Jaintia Hills – 14, East Jaintia Hills – 15, West Garo Hills – 15, South West Garo Hills – four and South Garo Hills – two.

Dr. Warr also informed that the state recorded five new recoveries out of which four are in East Khasi Hills two each from the BSF and civilians and another was recorded from Ri-Bhoi taking the total to 215.

The total number of samples sent for testing till Friday afternoon, is 36859 out of which 35569 samples tested negative and the results awaited are 467.

Dr. Warr also informed that the clusters, identified district wise by the Health department are – East Khasi Hills – 21, East Garo Hills – five, West Jaintia Hills – five, East Jaintia Hills – seven, West Garo Hill – 10, South West Garo Hills – five, West Khasi Hills – two, North Garo Hills – three, South Garo Hills – four and South West Khasi Hills – one and Ri-Bhoi – eight.