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Meghalaya records 4 more COVID-19 deaths & 264 new cases

Meghalaya has so far recorded 76,100 confirmed COVID-19 cases of the 9,73,108 test conducted since the first positive case detected last year in the State.

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Shillong: Meghalaya on Wednesday four more COVID-19 related deaths and 264 new cases of infections, taking the number of fatalities to 1,315 and active COVID-19 cases up to 2,263, even as 323 more recoveries were registered mounting the number of recovered cases to 72,522.

Meghalaya has so far recorded 76,100 confirmed COVID-19 cases of the 9,73,108 test conducted since the first positive case detected last year in the State.

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Director Health Services (MI), Dr Aman War said East Khasi Hills district reported two COVID-19 fatalities, while Ri-Bhoi district and West Khasi Hills district reported one death each.

He said all the four persons, who succumbed to the viral disease in the State over the past 24 hours, were not vaccinated against the virulent virus.

Out of the 264 new COVID-19 cases, the senior medical official said, 156 were detected in East Khasi Hills district, 50 in West Khasi Hills district, 25 in Ri-Bhoi district, nine in West Garo Hills district, eight in West Jaintia Hills district, six in East Jaintia Hills district and five new cases each in East Garo Hills district and South West Khasi Hills district.

Three districts – North Garo Hills, South Garo Hills and South West Garo Hills – did not record any fresh cases of COVID-19 as on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, East Khasi Hills continued to be the COVID-19 worst hit district in Meghalaya with 1,230 active cases and 911 fatalities.

District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills, Isawanda Laloo emphasised on the necessity for the people to follow all safety norms to prevent a third wave of the pandemic.

Stressing on the need to speed up vaccination coverage, the Deputy Commissioner informed that 82 per cent of COVID-19 positive cases reported daily are those of unvaccinated persons,

adding that from July 1 to August 29, out of 279 COVID-19 deaths in the district, 235 (85 per cent) were not vaccinated with even a single dose.

“The general public is urged to come forward for their second dose of vaccination within the recommended time to get full protection against the disease,” Laloo iterated and appealed to the public to go for early testing, which is essential to ensure proper monitoring and prevent serious illness and death.

Meanwhile, 32,037 health care workers received the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 and 25,811 received the second dose, 96,948 front-line workers got the first jab and 67,732 took the second shot and 8,96,503 persons from among the general public have been inoculated with

the first dose and 2,15,654 citizens have been fully vaccinated with the second and final dose across the state as on date, the health and family welfare department informed.

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