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Covid-19 cases on steady rise in Meghalaya

Director Health Service (MI), Dr. Aman War said the new COVID-19 cases detected included 66 in most pandemic-hit East Khasi Hills, which includes state capital Shillong, with the number of active cases in the district rising up to 321. 

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Shillong: The daily COVID-19 case count in Meghalaya have been on a steady rise with 76 new cases adding up to 394 active cases on Sunday, even as 10 more cases of recovery from the viral infection surged the number of recovered cases to 83,355, health officials said. 

Director Health Service (MI), Dr. Aman War said the new COVID-19 cases detected included 66 in most pandemic-hit East Khasi Hills, which includes state capital Shillong, with the number of active cases in the district rising up to 321. 

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Five new cases of COVID-19 were detected today in the West Garo Hills district, which now has 45 active cases, three cases were detected in the Ri-Bhoi district, which has 12 active cases and one case each was detected in the East Garo Hills district and East Jaintia Hills district, which have one and three active cases respectively, he said.

The number of active COVID-19 cases is seven in West Jaintia Hills district, three in South West Khasi Hills district and one each in the West Khasi Hills district and North Garo Hills district, while there were no active cases in the South Garo Hills district and South West Garo Hills district, Dr. War said. Of the 12,69,399 persons tested for COVID-19 in the state till Sunday, 11,84,165 were tested negative for the virus, official said. 

On the other hand, 32,100 health care workers have received the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 and 29,165 have been administered with the second dose, 96,976 front-line workers have got the first jab and 84,420 have taken the second shot, while 11,23,339 persons from among the general public have been inoculated with the first dose and 7,38,089 citizens have been fully vaccinated with the second dose across the state as on date, health officials said.

Meanwhile, the state government has re-imposed restrictions on public movement and gathering and extended winter vacation for schools and colleges up to January 24 in view of the rising cases of COVID-19 in the state, where few cases of the Omicron variety have already been detected. 

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