Prestone: Community spread seems to be in place

SHILLONG, Sep 4: Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong on Friday said that looking at the surge in COVID-19 positive cases in the state in recent days, he said that community spread seems to be in place. 

The Deputy Chief Minister reminded the citizens of the state to adhere to protocols issued by the government. 

Tynsong said that with community spread contact tracing will not be easy since an infected person could have visited various locations before he tested positive. 

He also said that many people are not adhering to the protocols put in by the government. 

Meanwhile, on Thursday evening the state recorded another COVID-19 death. Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman Warr informed that one Ritha G Momin (59) of MeS Quarters Crinoline died of the virus at NEIGRIHMS and she also had co-morbidities. 

It may be mentioned that on Friday, the state recorded, 108 new COVID-19 cases, out of which East Khasi Hills recorded 43, Ri-Bhoi 27, West Garo Hills 24, West Jaintia Hills six, East Jaintia Hills four, North Garo Hills two, South Garo Hills one, and South West Khasi Hills one.

Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Minister, A. L. Hek informed that the state now has 1252 active cases. 

District wise break up of cases are – East Khasi Hills – 842, West Khasi Hills – 31, South West Khasi Hills – 1, Ri Bhoi – 91, West Jaintia Hills – three,  East Jaintia Hillls – 25, West Garo Hills – 140, South West Garo Hills – three, South Garo Hills – 22,  East Garo Hills – 83, North Garo Hills –  six. 

The total recovered cases till date are – 1468, and the ones which recovered on Friday are 75, East Khasi Hills 33, North Garo Hills one, East Jaintia Hills two, West Jaintia Hills one, West Garo Hills  five and West Khasi Hills – 13.

The number of samples sent for testing till date ae 95457 and 91989 samples tested negative and the reports of 734 are awaited. 

The state has also registered 33333 people who have entered the state till Friday afternoon.