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Meghalaya detects 13 new COVID-19 cases, measures put in place to tackle viral infection

Director Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War said all the 13 new COVID-19 cases were detected in the East Khasi Hills, which, including state capital Shillong is the most pandemic-hit district with 47 active cases. 

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Shillong, Dec 30 (UNI) Thirteen new COVID-19 cases added up to 61 active cases and four more cases of recovery from the viral infection surged the number of recovered cases to 83,272 on Thursday in Meghalaya, which has so far registered 84,817 confirmed cases, including 1484 deaths, health officials said. 

Director Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War said all the 13 new COVID-19 cases were detected in the East Khasi Hills, which, including state capital Shillong is the most pandemic-hit district with 47 active cases. 

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The numbers of active COVID-19 cases in other districts has been on the decline with six in West Garo Hills, four in Ri-Bhoi, three in East Jaintia Hills and one case in North Garo Hills, while the South Garo Hills, South West Garo Hills, South West Khasi Hills, West Jaintia Hills and West Khasi Hills had no active case, according to the latest official case count.

Of the 12,51,985 persons tested for COVID-19 in the state till Thursday afternoon, 11,67,168 persons were tested negative for the virus. 
On the other hand, 32,099 health care workers have received the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 and 29,121 have been administered with the second dose, 96,976 front-line workers have got the first jab and 84,202 have taken the second shot, even as 11,04,372 persons from among the general public have been inoculated with the first dose and 7,70,930 citizens have been fully 
vaccinated across the state till date, as per the National Health Mission record. 

Meanwhile, even as the state gears up to usher in the New Year, strict measures have been put in place to ensure compliance with the safety norms.
The State government has issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for New Year in order to prevent the spread of COVID-I9 cases, stipulating that fully vaccinated persons can take part in the celebrations.

Under the generic preventive measures, the government has advised persons above 65 years of age, those with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children to stay at home.

“However, persons who are fully vaccinated, i.e., have received both doses of the vaccine may attend the celebrations. In the interest of safety, it is desirable that all participants actively involved 
in the celebrations are vaccinated with at least one dose,” the order, signed by chief secretary, RV Suchiang read. 

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