Shillong: The COVID-19 situation in Meghalaya turned severe as the active cases of infection breached the 1,000 marks with 192 fresh coronavirus cases and three fatalities, which was so far the highest single-day spike, taking the number of active cases up to 1,021 and death toll count to 157 on Wednesday.
Director Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War said the three deaths were reported from East Khasi Hills, the most affected COVID-19 district with 746 active cases recorded to date.
He said the new COVID-19 cases detected on Wednesday included 148, including 69 returnees, 23 from among the armed/paramilitary forces and four health care workers besides others in East Khasi Hills district, 30, including two from among armed/paramilitary forces in Ri-Bhoi district, four each in West Garo Hills district and East Jaintia Hills district and three each in West Khasi Hills district and West Jaintia Hills district.
The senior medical official also informed that 205 COVID-19 patients have been admitted in institutional quarantine centre while 816 others are in home quarantine and isolation.
As per official information received this evening, there were 22 containment zones across the State where COVID-19 positive cases were detected.
On the other hand, Dr. War said 25 more patients have recovered from the viral infection taking the number of recovered cases up to 14, 130 in Meghalaya on Wednesday.
He said the new recoveries recorded today were 17 in the East Khasi Hills district, six in West Jaintia Hills district and one each in East Jaintia Hills district and Ri-Bhoi district.
So far, 15, 308 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Meghalaya, even as 1, 08, 138 persons from outside entered the State since the onset of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Dr. War informed that 1, 88, 654 doses of Covishield vaccine were administered across the State as on Wednesday evening with 50, 015 having been fully vaccinated with the second dose of the vaccine.
Meanwhile, night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am is in force throughout the East Khasi Hills, which has seen a major spike in COVID-19 infection, even as all schools and colleges have been closed across the district till May 3, though the Meghalaya Board of School Education has been conducting the class 10 and 12 final examinations in keeping with safety protocols, while tourists from outside would be barred from entering the State from April 23.