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Shillong, Garo Hills plain belt experiencing community spread of Covid-19

HP NEWS SERVICE
Shillong, Aug 19: Meghalaya appears to be losing control of the Covid-19 pandemic, with Director of Health Services, Dr Aman War, saying today that Shillong and the plains belt of Garo Hills are experiencing community spread of the virus.
Community spread is when a person gets the virus without any known contact with a sick person.
Active cases in the state hit 804 today, with the addition of 78 new cases, while 40 people recovered from the disease.
“We are moving into community spread in Shillong and the plain belt of Garo Hills, especially in Tikrikilla, but a statement to confirm this will be issued after thorough discussion,” Dr War said during his daily briefing here today. “In Garo Hills, the plain belt areas and Tikrikilla are places of concern where we suspect that community spread has started.”
Dr War also provided detailed results of the random testing using the rapid antigen test conducted in East Khasi Hills over the last few days. In all, 2,168 people were tested for Covid-19, out of which 96 tests came back positive, which is less than 4.5 percent.
The hotspot of Rilbong returned 38 positive cases out of 701 tests (5.42 percent), Jhalupara 18 out of 150 (12 percent) and Upper Mawprem six out of 140 (4.29 percent). Anjalee had reported six positive cases out of 93 tested (6.45 percent) on Tuesday and another nine out of 226 (3.98 percent) as of today. Khlieh Ïew (nine out of 82 or 11 percent), Motphran (seven out of 148 or 4.73 percent) and Khyndailad (three out of 309 or 0.97 percent over two days) were the other areas that returned positive tests.
Mawpat (79 tests), Umpling Lumdiengmet (123 tests), Lumsohra (94 tests) and Dieng Iei (23 tests) did not return any positives.
Meanwhile, out of the new cases detected on Wednesday, 47 are from East Khasi Hills, including 17 Border Security Force (BSF) personnel.
Nine civilians, three in Tikrikilla and six in Phulbari, in West Garo Hills tested positive during random sampling, while there were two cases each in North Garo Hills (one returnee from Assam and one random test) and East Jaiñtia Hills (two returnees from Assam).
The 40 recoveries were made up of 21 civilians, one BSF trooper and one armed forces jawan in East Khasi Hills, eight civilians in Ri-Bhoi and eight BSF troops and one civilian in West Garo Hills, Dr War said.
East Khasi Hills is responsible for 470 out of the 804 active infections (civilians 298, BSF 96, armed forces 76), followed by West Garo Hills with 207 cases and Ri-Bhoi with 95. Among the other districts, North Garo Hills has 10 active cases, East Jaiñtia Hills four, South West Garo Hills four, West Khasi Hills three, South Garo Hills two and South West Khasi Hills one.
Of the 44,695 samples sent for testing, 42,700 were negative, and 416 reports were awaited, while 29,135 persons have returned to the state from elsewhere as of today.