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COVID-19 surge continues unabated in Meghalaya, 25 more fatalities

The State also reported 411 new recoveries, pushing the total number of recovered patients up to 20,480 as on date.

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Shillong: Meghalaya on Friday reported 25 Coronavirus-related deaths, the highest single-day tally of fatality in the State so far, mounting the number of fatalities count to 414, and 828 new cases of infection surged the active caseload 6861, health officials said.

The State also reported 411 new recoveries, pushing the total number of recovered patients up to 20,480 as on date.

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So far, Meghalaya has detected 27,755 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the onset of the viral infection in April, 2020.

Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong has voiced concern on the rising cases in the state and said, “several people have not taken mild symptoms seriously and have ventured out instead of isolating themselves and taking the test.”

“They must isolate themselves if they encounter mild COVID symptoms and immediately inform health authorities or get themselves tested at the Community Health Centres or the Primary Health Centres,” Tynsong appealed.

The Deputy Chief Minister further informed that war rooms have been created in all the 11 districts of the state where health care workers would answer questions round the clock.

He urged the residents to take advantage of these war rooms.

Moreover Tynsong said, strict instructions have been given to the Deputy Commissioners to strengthen checking at the entry points after reports emerged that some people have clandestinely entered the state during the lockdown period With 3,881 active COVID-19 cases and 339 deaths, East Khasi Hills, which includes state capital Shillong, continues to be the most worst-hit COVID-19 district with hospitals overwhelmed in the State.

Of the 25 new fatalities reported during the past 24 hours, Director Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War informed that 15 deaths and 392 new cases were from East Khasi Hills district alone, health officials said.

He said six COVID-19 deaths were also reported from West Jaintia Hills district, besides one death each from East Jaintia Hills district, West Khasi Hills district, North Garo Hills district and West Garo Hills district.

Dr. War said 170 new cases were also detected in Ri-Bhoi district, 79 in West Jaintia Hills district, 59 in West Garo Hills district, the 35 in South West Garo Hills district, 27 in in East Jaintia Hills district, 19 in North Garo Hills district, nine in South Garo Hills district, 12 in West Khasi Hills district and seven in South West Khasi Hills district.

Out of the 411 new recoveries , the senior medical official said 253 people have recovered from the viral infection in East Khasi Hills district alone, while another 60 more in West Garo Hills district, 33 in East Jaintia Hills district, 23 in Ri-Bhoi district, 18 in West Khasi Hills district, 11 in West Jaintia Hills district, 10 in South West Garo Hills district, five in North Garo Hills district and three each in East Garo Hills district and South Garo Hills district.

Further, Dr. War also informed that 1,207 COVID-19 patients are currently admitted in institutional quarantine centres while 5,654 others are in home quarantine and isolation across the State.

Of the 679 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals across the state, 145 are of A category, 220 of B Category and 268 of Category C, while 117 patients are of Category D who are in Intensive Care Units at the various hospitals across the State, War informed.

Moreover, there were 205 containment zones across the State where COVID-19 positive cases were detected.

Of the 5,27, 955 persons tested for COVID-19 in the State till date, 5,00,200 persons tested negative for the virus, Dr. War said.

On the other hand, the Meghalaya Police today launched the COVID-19 management portal to monitor the number of ‘positive officials’ in the Department, including high risk contact officials.

“The portal will enable senior police officials of every District/Organisation to monitor the health status of police officials and to also have a real time information of police officials who are currently undergoing institutional quarantine/home isolation or have recovered/been discharged from hospitals,” Meghalaya Police spokesperson Gabriel Iangrai said.

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