Shillong, Apr 9: Meghalaya is again seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases with the State recording 42 new cases spiraling the number of active cases to 167.
Directorof Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War informed that of the 42 fresh cases, East Khasi Hills recorded the most with 34, West Garo Hills – three, Ri-Bhoi and West Jaintia Hills district two each and East Jaintia Hills – one.
East Khasi Hills district is the most affected with 118 cases – armed forces/para military forces – 11 and others 107, West Garo Hills – 27, armed forces/para military forces – two and 0thers – 25, Ri-Bhoi – 13, East Jaintia Hills – four, West Jaintia Hills – three and West Khasi Hills – two.
Dr. War also informed that the State also recorded six recovered cases taking the total number of recoveries to 13889.
He said that the total persons tested till date is 4,17,459 out of which 4,03,252 were negative and 14207 are confirmed cases.
The Director of Health Service informed that so far 1,41,306 persons of the State have received the vaccine out of which the total number of persons who were administered both doses so far are 39,418.
Dr. War informed that the vaccination achievement for health care workers till Friday evening is 22,550 for the first dose of which, 15,759 received their second dose. Also a total 33181 frontline workers has received their first dose of the Covishield vaccine out of which 20605 received their second dose.
Meanwhile, the total general public vaccinated with the first dose of the vaccine is 46157 of which 3054 received their second dose.
Moreover, Shillong College and St. Mary’s School has been closed after detection of positive cases.
Even North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) has decided that classes will continue to be held in online mode.
Education Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui said that the government has not taken any decision regarding the functioning of the schools in the backdrop of the surge in COVID cases in Meghalaya.
“We now have to take this as the new normal and the wheels of education and development will have to go on,” Rymbui added.
The Education Minister said that the situation is being monitored everyday so that necessary decision will be taken at an appropriate time if it is needed.