Sudden spike in COVID-19 cases in Meghalaya

After a relative downslide over the past few weeks, Meghalaya on February 7 reported a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases as 40 new cases were detected during the last 24 hours.

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Addition of the new cases have taken the number of active cases in the state to 137.

Director health services (MI) Aman War gave details of the new COVID-19 cases on February 7. He said that 26 of these were detected in East Khasi Hills district, while 11 were registered in West Jaintia Hills district and three in Ri-Bhoi district.

With 92 active COVID-19 cases and 121 deaths, the East Khasi Hills, that includes state capital Shillong is the worst-affected district in the state.

War informed that four persons in East Khasi Hills district and one in Ri-Bhoi district recovered from the viral infection during the past 24 hours.

Of the 3,45,293 persons tested for COVID-19 till February 7, results of 3,31,408 people came out negative.

As of now 35 persons are in institutional quarantine and 102 in home isolation across the state. Meghalaya has nine containment zones where positive cases have been detected.

Meghalaya, has so far registered 13,885 confirmed COVID-19 cases, this includes 147 deaths with 1.05 per cent case fatality rate and 13,601 recoveries from the viral infection.

6859 healthcare workers given COVID-19 vaccine in Meghalaya

Meanwhile, 6859 healthcare workers have been inoculated with Covishield vaccine across the state as per the latest report received from the health and family welfare department.

On the other hand, due to the prevailing situation concerning COVID-19 in the state, the district magistrate, East Khasi Hills district in an order issued under Section 144 CrPC read together with Regulation 3 of the Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 has extended the night curfew in East Khasi Hills district with effect from February 8 up to February 14 for timings falling between 11 pm to 5 am each day.

The order said: “Movement of vehicles carrying essential goods, security forces, medical equipment and shops for repair of trucks on highways are exempted. However, drivers and attendants of the vehicles shall be subject to medical screening as per laid down protocols.”


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