Shillong: The COVID-19 upsurge in Meghalaya continued with 21 Coronavirus-related deaths and 1,123 new COVID-19 cases, mounting the number of fatalities and active cases up to 435 and 7,454 respectively on Saturday, health officials said.
The growth rate of active COVID-19 cases in the last seven days is about 1.5 per cent per day. On average, the state witnessed about 288 positive cases per day.
With 435 deaths, the fatality rate currently stands at 1.51 per cent, while the recovery rate is at 72.88 per cent with 509 more persons have recovered from the viral infection, taking the number of recoveries up to 20,989 as on date.
With the exponential growth in the COVID-19 cases across the State and especially in East Khasi Hills district, Health and Family Welfare Minister Alexander Laloo Hek reiterated his appealed and said, “The COVID-19 situation is very grim. I appeal to the citizens to stay inside during the lockdown period to break this transmission chain.”
East Khasi Hills, which includes the State Shillong, is the worst hit Coronavirus district in Meghalaya has been under total lockdown since May 19.
In Shillong and elsewhere, the Dorbar Shnong (village council) has also come out in support of the State government by setting up Community Corona Care Centres and also assisting the police in checking unnecessary movement of people and regulating essential shops.
Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War said the COVID-19 related deaths included 19 in East Khasi Hills district and two in West Jaintia Hills district.
With 4025 active COVID-19 cases and 358 related deaths, the East Khasi Hills, which includes state capital Shillong is the most affected district, followed by Ri-Bhoi district with 1,236 cases, 569 in West Garo Hills district, 503 in West Jaintia Hills district, 290 in South West Garo Hills district, 241 in East Jaintia Hills district, 179 in West Khasi Hills district, 139 in North Garo Hills district, 118 in South Garo Hills district, 88 in East Garo Hills district, and 66 in South West Khasi Hills district as on date.
The senior medical officer also informed that 1,289 COVID-19 patients are currently admitted in institutional quarantine centres while 6,166 others are in home quarantine and isolation across the State.
Of the 748 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals across the state, 66 are of A category, 255 of B Category and 304 of Category C, while 123 patients are of Category D who are in Intensive Care Units at the various hospitals across the State, Dr. War informed.