Shillong: COVID-19 cases have surged in Meghalaya with 90 new cases of viral infection detected, pushing the number of active cases up to 212 on Thursday in the State, which has recorded 85,021 confirmed COVID-19 cases so far, health officials said.
On the other hand, 23 more patients have recovered from the viral infection mounting the number of the recovered persons to 83,324, while the number of deaths remained at 1,485 with no deaths reported on Thursday, health officials said.
The positivity rate has climbed to 0.24 percent from 0.17 percent on Wednesday, while the recovery rate and fatality rate stand at 98.00
percent and 1.74 percent respectively.
Of the new cases, Director Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War said 70 were detected in East Khasi Hills district, nine in West Garo Hills district, five in West Jaintia Hills district and three cases each in Ri-Bhoi district and South West Khasi Hills district.
The number of active COVID-19 cases in the most pandemic-hit East Khasi Hills, which includes state capital Shillong, has further increased to 176 with the district recording 42,113 total confirmed cases and 1,009 deaths so far, health officials said.
Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong has appealed to all eligible citizens to get vaccinated, even as he informed that the government is not keen to enforce a total lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“We request the parents and children from 15 years and above to get themselves vaccinated at the earliest as the third wave has already started in the State. We will be saved only with vaccination,” Tynsong said.
“The question of lockdown does not arise as of now. The people of the state have suffered greatly over two years due to the lockdowns. lockdown would be the last resort,” he said, exhorting citizens to get themselves and to strictly follow the health guidelines to prevent spread of the infection.