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Source of worrying Rilbong Covid outbreak ‘to be identified soon’: DHS

Fear of community spread is underway
HP NEWS SERVICE
Shillong, Aug 17: The source of the worrying outbreak of Covid-19 in the Rilbong area of Shillong will be identified within one or two days even as the Health Department fears that community spread is underway in the locality.
Thirty-eight positive cases were detected in Rilbong, which now has a total of 40 Covid-19 cases after two had initially tested positive for the virus last week.
The majority of those who tested positive in the neighbourhood are employed either in Ïewduh or Khyndailad, Director of Health Service Dr Aman War said in his daily briefing today.
The houses and shops that have been designated containment zones are Nepali Compound, Rilbong from the house of Rona Devkota, Mira Store up to the house of Sushna Talukdar and further down to Umjasai. Shops located in the building of BM Kurbah, Mantra Building opposite puja mandap have also been contained.
“Two persons were initially infected and in every likelihood they may be the source,” Dr War said.
In the last 24 hours Meghalaya recorded 44 new Covid-19 infections.
Forty of those were accounted for in East Khasi Hills, with 39 being civilians and one Border Security Force (BSF) jawan. Apart from one high-risk contact of a positive person, the other 38 civilians are all those from Rilbong.
Dr War also informed that three fresh cases in West Garo Hills were detected in Tikrikilla and in East Jaiñtia Hills a single case was identified on Monday, that of an inter-state driver.
The state recorded only four recoveries on Monday, which takes the number of active cases up to 733.
East Khasi Hills recorded the highest number of active cases at 423 (BSF 72, armed forces 70 and civilians 281), while West Garo Hills clocked up 184, Ri-Bhoi 100, North Garo Hills eight, East Jaiñtia Hills five, West Jaiñtia Hills four, West Khasi Hills three, South West Garo Hills three and South West Khasi Hills one.
Monday’s recoveries came from West Jaiñtia Hills (one), East Jaiñtia Hills (one) and East Khasi Hills (two). The total number of recoveries now stands at 679.
The number of samples sent for testing until Monday afternoon is 43,872 out of which 42,137 have tested negative and the report of 315 are awaited.
Moreover, a total of 28,380 citizens of the state have returned to Meghalaya until Monday afternoon.