SHILLONG, Oct 8: The State on Thursday recorded 123 new cases and 138 new recovered cases, health authorities informed.
With this the number of active cases is now 2369 and the total recovered cases stands at 4832. The number of deaths stands at 60.
According to Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War of the 123 new cases East Khasi Hills recorded 79, South Garo Hills 14, Ri-Bhoi eight, West Garo Hills seven, South West Khasi Hills six, West Jaintia Hills and North Garo Hills three each, East Jaintia Hills, West Khasi Hills and East Garo Hills one each.
Of the 138 new recovered cases, East Khasi Hills recorded 102, West Garo Hills 16, Ri-Bhoi eight, West Khasi Hills six, East Jaintia Hills four, South Garo Hills and West Jaintia Hills one each.
Dr. War informed that till date a total of 167265 samples have been sent for testing, of which 160004 samples tested negative. The Director of Health Services informed that on October 7, 2382 samples were tested.
Dr. War also said that the number of people who entered the state till date are 45205.
Meanwhile, the Director of Health Services, had come down hard on the comments of North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) Director, Prof P. Bhattacharya that conducting anti bodies test at entry points was a wasteful expenditure.
“It is not anti-bodies tests that we are conducting, now we are doing antigen tests,” Dr. War said.
He also hit out at Prof. Bhattacharya saying, “The matter relates to the government of Meghalaya and he does not have the mandate since he is not inside the government circle.”
Dr. War also said that making statement like “wasteful expenditure” is being lapped up by some people, who are in the know about COVID but are thriving on negativity.
On the issue of testing rates being on the higher side, the Director of Health Services said that these can be revised from time to time.
“We will compare the rates with other state,” he said even as he added that the testing kits come from outside northeast.
Dr. War said that since the ICMR has stopped these testing kits for free, the government have to procure them on payment.