SHILLONG, Aug 16: Meghalaya on Sunday recorded the highest single day spike with 82 new cases, the health authorities informed.
Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman Warr informed that West Garo Hills recorded the highest with with 48 fresh ones – the Border Security Force (BSF) 39 and others nine.
East Khasi Hills recorded 20 new cases which includes 15 others and five from the BSF and Ri-Bhoi recorded 14 cases all civilians.
He informed that among the 20 who tested positive in East Khasi Hills three were cases of influenza like illnesses (ILI), two contacts of positive cases in Shillong, one returnee from Punjab, one police, one from the armed forces, five from the BSF, three are high risk cases of a positive case in Rilbong, two high risk cases at Civil Hospital Shillong, one tested positive during random testing in Lower Mawprem and one CRPF.
In West Garo Hills, out of the 48 cases – 39 are BSF, while nine others tested positive during random testing at Tikrikilla.
In Ri-Bhoi out of the 14 who tested positive, one is a returnee from Assam, eight are high risk cases of a person who works near the border with Assam and five were found positive at Rani, anti dacoity camp, Jirang near the Assam border.
The total active cases in the state now stands at 693 – East Khasi Hills with 383 (BSF 71, armed forces 70 and others 242), West Garo Hills – 183, Ri-Bhoi – 100, North Garo Hills – eight, West Jaintia Hills – five, East Jaintia Hills – five, West Khasi Hills – three, South West Garo Hills – three, West Khasi Hills – three, South Garo Hills – two and South West Khasi Hills – one.
Dr. Warr also informed that the state also recorded 79 recoveries. East Khasi Hills recorded 75 (BSF – 21, armed forces – three and civilians 51), Ri-Bhoi recorded three recoveries and West Jaintia Hills one.
Among those recovered are Dr. T. Rymbai of Bethany Hospital and another is a doctor from Civil Hospital.