Surge in new Covid-19 cases continues in Meghalaya

Shillong, Jul 27: The surge in Covid-19 cases in Meghalaya continues with the state registering nine more deaths, 710 new infections and 453 recovered from the virus.

Of the nine new deaths, East Khasi Hills district recorded five, Ri-Bhoi district two and West Garo Hills and West Khasi Hills district recorded one death each.

With the latest figures, the state now has 1040 total deaths, 5332 active cases and 56101 recovered cases.

Of the 710 new cases, East Khasi Hills district recorded 330, West Garo Hills district 109, Ri-Bhoi district 66, West Jaintia Hills district 58, East Jaintia Hills district 45, West Khasi Hills district 42, South West Khasi Hills district 17, East Garo Hills district 16, North Garo Hills and South Garo Hills 11 district each and South West Garo Hills five.

Of the 5332 active cases, East Khasi Hills district has 1932, West Garo Hills district 937, Ri-Bhoi district 654, West Jaintia Hills district 585, South West Khasi Hills district 324, West Khasi Hills district 366, North Garo Hills district 132, East Jaintia Hills district 129, East Garo Hills district 104, South Garo Hills district 92 and South West Garo Hills district 77.

Meanwhile, the East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner said that out of the 330 new Covid positive cases detected on Tuesday in the district, 77.57 percent were not vaccinated (had not received a single dose of vaccination).

Out of the total new cases, those who are fully vaccinated (both doses) constitute only 3.64 percent.

“While vaccinated persons can still get infected, the data strongly indicates that vaccination greatly reduces the likelihood of getting infected with the virus. Fully vaccinated persons have a much lower chance of getting infected. Vaccination also significantly reduces chances of severe symptoms, hospitalization and death,” Deputy Commissioner, Isawanda Laloo said.

According to Laloo, as per information from the Health and Family Welfare Department, the Delta Strain constitutes 100 percent of the cases in the state.

“It is a variant of concern and highly infectious, and the number of cases as well as hospitalization cases may start increasing rapidly,” Laloo said.

The Deputy Commissioner has urged the public to follow Covid appropriate behavior meticulously at all times, to avoid unnecessary travel and exposure as far as possible, and to vaccinate at the earliest if not already done so.

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