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COVID-19 surge continues, night curfew extended in Meghalaya

COVID-19 infections continue to surge in Meghalaya with 28 new cases reported on Sunday

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Shillong: COVID-19 infections continue to surge in Meghalaya with 28 new cases reported on Sunday, even as district authorities in East Khasi Hills, the most affected district with 156 active cases, has further extended night curfew to prevent the spread of the disease, official said.

In a notification issued by Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills district, Isawanda Laloo said the night curfew was extended in the entire district with effect from April 12, 2021 up to April 18, 2021 between 12:00 AM to 5:00 AM each day.

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On the other hand, 40 persons that includes four Armed Force/Paramilitary Force and 18 civilians in East Khasi Hills district, 21 in West Garo Hills district and one in Ri-Bhoi district have recovered from the infection, taking the number of recoveries to 13,933 as on Sunday.

Director Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War said the new COVID-19 cases detected on Sunday are 26 cases including four from Armed Force/Paramilitary Force in East Khasi Hills district and one each in Ri-Bhoi district and East Jaintia Hills district.

Dr. War said, 18 including three Armed Force/Paramilitary Force and 15 civilian in East Khasi Hills district, 21 in West Garo Hills district and one in Ri-Bhoi district have recovered from the viral infection.

Meghalaya has so far registered 14,273 COVID-19 cases, including 151 deaths with 1.06 per cent case fatality rate. Of the 4,21,655 persons tested till date, 4,07,382 have tested negative for the infection.

On the other hand, 1,01,729 persons from outside have entered the State since the onset

of the pandemic till date, even as there were three micro containment zones, where positive cases have been detected and contract tracing was on.

Moreover, 22,582 health care workers were vaccinated with the first dose of Covishield, and 15,872 health care workers received the second dose, while 33,255 frontline workers were administered with the first dose of the vaccine and 20,920 frontline workers got the second shot, even as 49,921 persons from among the general public were inoculated with the first dose and 3,515 received the second dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 across the State.

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