COVID graph ‘fluctuating’ in Meghalaya, says health minister Alexander Laloo Hek

Meghalaya health and family welfare minister Alexander Laloo Hek on June 30 said that the COVID-19 graph in the state was fluctuating at present with ups and downs in the daily cases, adding that it was “too early” to rightly assess the situation as of now.

“We will have to wait continuously for 10 or 15 days to be able to assess rightly whether it has come down or increased, but now it is fluctuating. Sometimes it is high, sometimes low,” Hek said in reference to the daily COVID-19 cases.

He said that currently only high-risk category of people were being tested for COVID-19 and random testing was being resorted to wherever it was necessary, adding that “too many people” from outside were coming into the state, which could be one of the factors for increase in positive cases.

Meghalaya on June 30 recorded seven deaths due to COVID-19 complications, increasing the fatality figure to 838 and 352 new cases of infection adding up to 4216 active positive cases, even as 392 more recoveries surged the number of recovered cases to 44,459 in the state, which has registered 49,513 confirmed cases till date.

Director of health services (MI), Aman War informed that the COVID-19 related deaths recorded on June 30 included three each in East Khasi Hills district and West Jaintia Hills district and one in Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya.

On the other hand, 30,787 health care workers were vaccinated against COVID-19 with the first dose and 19,931 with the second dose while 96,448 frontline workers were administered with the first jab and 27,139 got the second shot.

Among the general public, 4,84,465 persons were inoculated with the first dose and 31,525 were fully vaccinated with the second dose of the vaccine across the state as on date, as per data released by the National Health Mission, Meghalaya chapter on June 30.

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