Shillong: The cases of COVID-19 infection have been slightly on the decline but fatality figures continue to remain a cause of concern in Meghalaya, which reported 467 new positive cases, taking up the number of active cases to 6606 and 14 more deaths raising the casualty count to 592, even as the number of recoveries mounted up to 28,867 after 760 more patients were cured of the viral infection on Tuesday.
Director Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War said the new deaths reported included 12 from East Khasi Hills district and one each from South West Khasi Hills district and East Jaintia Hills district.
Out of the 467 fresh COVID-19 cases, Dr. War said East Khasi Hills district recorded 257 and 67 in Ri-Bhoi district, 36 in West Garo Hills district, 29 in South West Khasi Hills district, 22 in West Jaintia Hills district, 19 in South West Garo Hills district, 12 in East Jaintia Hills district, 10 in West Khasi Hills district, eight in North Garo Hills district, four in South Garo Hills district and three in East Garo Hills district.
With 2,998 active COVID-19 cases and 481 fatalities, the East Khasi Hills, which includes state capital Shillong is the most affected district followed by Ri-Bhoi district with 915 active cases, West Garo Hills district with 615, West Jaintia Hills district with 551, while the other seven districts have less than 500 active cases each.
Meghalaya has so far registered 36,065 confirmed COVID-19 cases, even as out of the swab samples of the 5,78,167 persons tested since the onset of the pandemic till date, 5,42,102 were tested negative for the virus.
Meanwhile, 29,699 healthcare workers received the first dose of Covishield and 19,558 received the second dose, 86,949 frontline workers got the first shot and 26, 496 got the second jab of the vaccine against COVID-19, while 2,74,578 persons from among the general public were inoculated with the first dose and 28,286 persons were fully vaccinated with the second dose, as per the latest data released by the state directorate of health services.