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418 random coronavirus tests in State come back negative

CBI inspector among 37 test positive for Covid
HP NEWS SERVICE
Shillong, Aug 12: All 418 randomly collected samples subjected to tests for Covid-19 have come back negative, Director of Health Services Dr Aman War informed today.
The tests were carried out in East Jaiñtia Hills, East Garo Hills and West Garo Hills.
During his daily briefing here Dr War said that 67 people in Lad Rymbai, 71 in Umpleng and 89 in Lumshnong of East Jaiñtia Hills were tested. In East Garo Hills the numbers were 27 tested in Williamnagar, while in West Garo Hills 91 were tested at the ISBT, 11 at Phulbari and 62 in Old Bhaitbari.
This follows a state government decision to conduct random testing in 71 clusters in the state. However, random sampling in East Khasi Hills is not possible due to the surge in cases in this district, Dr War informed.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya recorded a further 37 Covid-19 cases today, while seven patients have recovered from the virus.
Among those who tested positive today were a CBI Inspector, ambulance driver, wife of a doctor studying in Nazareth Hospital in Shillong, patients, attendants of patients and three contacts of a staff nurse at NEIGRIHMS.
Dr War informed that the CBI Inspector resides in Upper Mawprem, the ambulance driver is from Kharkutta, North Garo Hills and the three contacts of the staff nurse from NEIGRIHMS are from Mawlai Nongkwar.
In South Garo Hills the lone case recorded on Wednesday is of a person who had come from Mahendraganj, while the cases in Ri-Bhoi and East Jaiñtia Hills are that of returnees from Assam.
Twenty-three of the 37 new cases came from East Khasi Hills (BSF nine, armed forces two and civilians 12), while 10 members of the BSF tested positive in West Garo Hills and South Garo Hills, North Garo Hills, Ri-Bhoi and East Jaiñtia Hills all reported one new case of coronavirus each.
The increase in cases has taken the state’s tally to 656, out of which East Khasi Hills has reported 445 (BSF 97, armed forces 71 and civilians 277), West Khasi Hills three, South West Khasi Hills one, Ri-Bhoi 93, West Jaiñtia Hills 16, East Jaiñtia Hills six, West Garo Hills 82, South West Garo Hills two, South Garo Hills three and North Garo Hills five.
Out of the seven newly-recovered cases East Khasi Hills registered three, West Khasi Hills two, East Jaiñtia Hills one and Ri-Bhoi one.
The number of samples sent for testing until Wednesday afternoon is 42,084, of which the samples that yielded negative results are 40,611 and reports of samples awaited are 294. A total of 27,290 citizens returned to the state until Wednesday afternoon.
Dr. War said that out of the five positive cases in the Meghalaya High Court, 200 contacts were traced.
“However all of them tested negative,” he said.