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Meghalaya records 13 COVID-19 deaths, 501 new cases

Health officials said 610 more recoveries were recorded on Saturday , pushing the number of recovered patients up to 36, 003 in the State, which has so far registered 41, 601 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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Shillong: Meghalaya on Saturday recorded 13 more Coronavirus-related deaths, mounting the fatality figure to 727 and 501 new cases taking the number of active cases to 4,871, health officials said.

Health officials said 610 more recoveries were recorded on Saturday , pushing the number of recovered patients up to 36, 003 in the State, which has so far registered 41, 601 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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Director Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War said the new fatalities includes ten in East Khasi  Hills district and one each in South West Garo Hills district, West Garo Hills district and West Khasi Hills district.

He said the new COVID-19 cases recorded were 158 in East Khasi Hills district, 102 in West Garo Hills district, 80 in Ri-Bhoi district, 60 in West Jaintia Hills district, 21 each in East Garo Hills district and North Garo Hills district, 16 in South West Garo Hills district, 15 in East Jaintia Hills district, 14 in South Garo Hills district, 10 in West Khasi Hills district and four in South West Khasi Hills district.

With 1,790 active COVID-19 cases and 565 related deaths, East Khasi Hills, which includes Meghalaya’s state capital Shillong continues the be worst COVID-19 hit district followed by West Garo Hills district with 784 active cases and 35 fatalities and West Khasi Hills district with 627 active cases and 60 deaths, while the other seven districts have less than 400 active cases each.

On Friday, the government has extended the ongoing lockdown for another week from June 14 till June 21 in its worst-hit East Khasi Hills district to break the transmission chain, even as entry of tourists from outside has been halted since April 23 last.

Meanwhile, of the swab samples of 6,24,143 persons tested since the onset of the pandemic till date, 5, 82, 542 were tested negative for the virus.

On the other hand, 30, 627 healthcare workers received the first dose of Covishield and 19,656 received the second dose, 94,126 frontline workers got the first shot and 26, 640 got the second jab of the vaccine against COVID-19, while 2, 93,045 persons from among the general public were inoculated with the first dose and 28, 365 persons were fully vaccinated with the second dose, health officials said.

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