SHILLONG, Aug 03: Returnees, high risk contact and jawans from the armed forces and BSF were amongst the 28 new COVID-19 positive cases reported today, taking the total of active cases in Meghalaya to 633.
Health and Family Welfare Minister, Alexander Laloo Hek said today that the 28 new cases include 21 in East Khasi Hills of which 13 are BSF troopers, 2 armed forces personnel, 2 contacts of NEIGRIHMS cases, 2 returnees, a patient and a high risk contact of a lab technician at Shillong Civil Hospital, 5 personnel from the armed forces in Ri Bhoi and 2 returnees in West Jaintia Hills.
Of the 633, Hek informed that East Khasi Hills has a total of 518 active cases – which includes 233 civilians, 226 BSF troopers and 59 armed forces personnel.
There are 55 cases in Ri Bhoi, 17 in East Jaintia Hills, 16 each in West Jaintia Hills and West Garo Hills, 5 in West Khasi Hills, 4 in South West Garo Hills and 2 in South Garo Hills. The districts with zero cases at present include South West Khasi Hills, East Garo Hills and North Garo Hills.
Hek also informed that a total of 264 patients have recovered from COVID-19 infection, while five have succumbed to the virus in the State.
As of August 3, 2020, a total of 38,596 samples were sent for testing, of which 37,004 were found to be negative while the test results of 690 is yet to be declared. “There are 24,925 entrants to the state from outside till date,” the Minister said.
Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong has reiterated the government’s decision to micro manage the COVID-19 situation by not declaring entire blocks, sub-localities or localities as containment areas, as this has impacted the people to a great extent.
“Therefore, we have decided that henceforth, micro containment area will be declared if the case arises. We have also issued instructions to all Deputy Commissioners for taking necessary action in this regard,” he said.
He also stressed the need for consultations with the village authorities so as to avoid panic when new cases are detected.