Shillong: The recovery rate from the virulent COVID-19 infection is moving upwards in Meghalaya with 214 more patients having recovered from the infection on Sunday, health officials said.
As of Sunday, the recovery rate was 95.94 per cent, pushing the number of recoveries to 74,964 of the total confirmed 78,133 COVID-19 cases recorded in the state since the onset of the pandemic.
On the other hand, 118 new cases of COVID-19 infection were detected on Sunday, taking the total number of active cases up to 1,813 while the death toll moved up to 1,356 following four more COVID-19 fatalities.
The positivity rate in Meghalaya currently stands at 2.32 per cent while the death rate due to COVID-19 stands at 1.73 per cent.
Director of Health Services (MI), Dr Aman War said the new deaths reported were two each from East Khasi Hills district and West Jaintia Hills district.
Of the fresh COVID-19 cases, the senior medical official said 63 new cases were detected in East Khasi Hills district, 24 in West Jaintia Hills district, ten in West Khasi Hills district, eight in West Garo Hills district, four in Ri-Bhoi district, three cases each in East Jaintia Hills district and South West Khasi Hills district, besides one case each in South West Garo Hills district, South Garo Hills district and North Garo Hills district.
No new cases of viral infection were detected in the East Garo Hills district.
Meanwhile, the number of active cases in East Khasi Hills district, which includes the state capital Shillong and the most affected district is slowly going down to 831, while the number of fatalities has mounted up to 931.
Moreover, night curfew relaxation hours have been extended by an hour to be promulgated from 9 pm to 6 am daily in the East Khasi Hills district and Shillong City.
“Opening of shops and other economic activities (both essential and non-essential) including ‘teer’ (archery) counters, saloons and beauty parlours, gymnasiums will now be permitted up to six days a week and close by 6.30 pm and restaurants, cafes, teashops, bars and takeaway services will close by 8 pm,” District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills, Isawanda Laloo stated in her order.
“Shops, including vendors will remain closed on Sundays. Dine-in establishments, public parks and tourist spots which have received permission from this office/concerned SDO (C) may open on Sundays,” the order said.
“All shops are required to prominently display vaccination status of the staff, the order underscored.
With 365 active cases and 59 deaths West Khasi Hills district is the second most affected COVID-19 hit district in Meghalaya followed by West Jaintia Hills district with 220 active cases and 120 deaths, Ri-Bhoi district with 156 active cases and 78 deaths, South West Khasi Hills district with 96 active cases and 15 deaths, West Garo Hills district with 77 active cases and 72 deaths, East Jaintia Hills district with 31 active cases and 30 deaths while the other seven districts have less than 12 active cases each.
Meanwhile, 32,046 health care workers had received the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 and 26, 406 were administered with the second dose, 96,956 front-line workers got the first jab and 72, 681 took the second shot, 9,17, 573 persons from among the general public were inoculated with the first dose and 2,59,440 citizens were fully vaccinated with the second shot across the state, as per official report received from the state health and family welfare department.