Shillong: The recovery rate from the virulent COVID-19 infection is slowly inching upwards in Meghalaya with 974 more patients having recovered from the infection on Sunday, health officials said.
As on Sunday, the recovery rate was over 77 per cent, pushing the number of recoveries to 27,130 of the total confirmed 35,190 COVID-19 cases since the onset of the pandemic.
On the other hand, 742 new cases of COVID-19 infection were detected Sunday, taking the total number of active cases up to 7,496, while the death toll rose up to 564 following 13 more COVID-19 fatalities.
Health officials said the new deaths reported included ten from East Khasi Hills district and one each from Ri-Bhoi district, West Garo Hills district and West Jaintia Hills district.
Of the fresh Covid-19 cases, East Khasi Hills district recorded 316, West Garo Hills district 84, South West Khasi Hills district 80, Ri-Bhoi district 65, West Jaintia Hills district 62, South West Garo Hills district 47, East Jaintia Hills 35, North Garo Hills district 20, West Khasi Hills district and East Garo Hills district had 12 cases each and nine cases were detected in South Garo Hills district.
With 3,438 active COVID-19 cases and 460 fatalities, the East Khasi Hills, which includes state capital Shillong is the most affected district followed by Ri-Bhoi district with 1,241 active cases, West Garo Hills district with 671, West Jaintia Hills district with 533 , while the other seven districts have less than 500 active cases each.
On the other hand, in the lock-down and curfew-bound East Khasi Hills,arrangements have been made for the week starting from May 31 to June 4 for opening of stores selling essential goods.
Only identified shops dealing in essential commodities as notified by Incident Commanders under each Zone in Shillong Urban Agglomeration will open as per dates fixed by the district authorities, to enable the local residents to purchase their essential commodities.
“The Rangbah Shnong and Welfare Societies will regulate the operation of the shops in their respective localities and villages and also ensure due compliance to the advisories of Government in the Health and Family Welfare Department,” an order issued by Deputy Commissioner, Isawanda Laloo said.
“Only one person per household is permitted to move out to buy essential items. Public should not move from one locality to the other to make purchase, as similar arrangements will be made in each locality. Anyone found moving and roaming around without essential reasons is liable to be punished as per law,” the Deputy Commissioner cautioned.
“Adequate stock is available and is being closely monitored by this office. Essential stores will continue to open in a regulated fashion notwithstanding any containment/lockdown order. Hence, there is no need to panic or rush to the markets,” Laloo underscored.