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10 BSF troopers, two others test positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya

Ten Border Security Force (BSF) troopers and two patients in the North Eastern Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) were reported COVID-19 positive in Shillong on July 13.

The total number of active cases in Meghalaya now stands at 271.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Alexander Laloo Hek said that the total cases include 182 BSF troopers, two from Indian Air Force and 52 others from East Khasi Hills district, 20 from Ri Bhoi, two from East Jaintia Hills, nine from West Garo Hills, two from South Garo Hills and one each from East Garo Hills and North Garo Hills.

He also informed that one more patient has recovered on July 13 taking the recovery tally to 46 in the state.

Meghalaya has so far registered 319 COVID-19 cases, including two deaths.

Meanwhile, a two-day lockdown along with curfew begun on July 13 in Meghalaya’s state capital Shillong, which reported 95 per cent of the active COVID-19 cases.

“The situation is grim and the government has taken all precautionary measures to contain the spread of COVID-19,” Hek said, urging the people to avoid coming out of the houses unnecessarily.

Earlier, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma chaired a review meeting via video conferencing with NEIGRIHMS Director P Bhattacharya on the status of the cases in the hospital and also discussed the situation in East Khasi Hills and other districts.

“The state government and NEIGRIHMS authorities have decided to continue with our joint fight against this pandemic,” Hek said.

The super specialty NEIGRIHMS hospital is the nodal hospital for testing of swab samples for COVID-19 in Meghalaya.

On the other hand, Bhattacharya said that there are 13 COVID-19 positive patients in the institute now, which includes one staff nurse, a BSF trooper and others.


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