Shillong: Meghalaya witnessed a massive spike in the number of COVID-19 cases with 159 new cases of infection, including eight health workers, detected on Tuesday, surging the number of active cases to 578 in the State which has so far registered 85,463 confirmed COVID-19 cases, health officials said.
The State also reported two deaths, mounting the number of COVID related death to 1,489, even as 27 more cases of recovery surged the number of recovered cases to 83,396, health officials informed.
Director Health Service (MI), Dr. Aman War said the new COVID-19 cases detected included 131 in the most pandemic-hit East Khasi Hills, which includes state capital Shillong with the number of active cases in the district soaring up to 475 and death toll to 1012, including the two cases of fatality recorded as on Tuesday.
While 14 new Covid-19 cases increased the number of active cases to 58 in the West Garo Hills district, six cases were detected in the Ri-Bhoi district, which now has 21 active cases, four cases added up to 10 active cases in West Jaintia Hills district, three cases took the number of active cases up to four in West Khasi Hills district and one case added up to four active cases in the East Jaintia Hills district, he said.
The South Garo Hills district and South West Garo Hills district had no active Covid-19 case.
Meanwhile, of the 12,74,936 persons tested for COVID-19 in the state till Tuesday afternoon, 11,89,473 persons were tested negative for the virus, the state COVID dashboard reflected.
On the other hand, 32,102 health care workers have received the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 and 29,182 have been administered with the second dose, 96,979 front-line
workers have got the first jab and 84,478 have taken the second shot, 11,27,393 1persons from among the general public have been inoculated with the first dose and 7,86,193 have been vaccinated with the second dose in the state as on date, as per the National Health Mission record.
The Meghalaya Government has issued new standard operating procedure (SOPs), making it mandatory for persons entering the state to produce a negative RT-PCR report or undergo a mandatory RT-PCR test at the entry points, amid concern over the Omicron variant of the