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25 new COVID-19 cases in Meghalaya; 8 villages declared ‘containment zones’

Twenty-five persons, mostly civilians, tested positive for COVID-19
in Meghalaya on July 22. The number of active cases in the state now stands at 433, even as eight more persons have recovered from the viral infection on July 22.

The state government has declared seven villages in West Jaintia Hills district and Block 2 of Lumpynngad area in Shillong in East Khasi Hills district as containment zones after health authorities have detected positive COVID-19 cases.

West Jaintia Hills District Magistrate, Garod LSN Dykes has declared seven villages – Amlarem, Krangpamtdong, Amsarim, Ladjaplem, Amshipai, Lai Lyngdoh and Amlatdoh – under Amlarem Civil Sub Division as containment zones from midnight of July 22 to 6 am of July 27 after three persons have tested positive for COVID-19.

“These seven villages have been declared as containment zones in order to detect the high-risk contacts of the three persons so as to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the district,” Dykes said.

Director Health Services (MI) Aman War said that health authorities would conduct random testing along the vulnerable areas of the villages in East and West Jaintia Hills districts bordering Bangladesh.

As on July 22 evening, War said 25 fresh cases include 19 in East Khasi Hills (2 Armed Forces, 6 BSF and 11 others), 4 in West Jaintia Hills and 2 in East Jaintia Hills.

“We also have 8 new recoveries that include 4 BSF, 2 Air Force and a civilian, taking the total recoveries from the virus to 78,” the medical official told reporters .

Of the 11 civilians who tested positive in East Khasi Hills on July 22, 4 are returnees from Assam and one from Arunachal Pradesh, one from West Bengal and one from Manipur.

Three others are high risk contacts from NEIGRIHMS, including two staff nurses and one diet helper.


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