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COVID-19: Caseload increases with 28 Shillongites positive after random sampling

Shillong, Aug 21: A total of 57 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Meghalaya today, with 45 of these resulting from random sampling, Director of Health Services Dr Aman War said.
In Shillong 28 persons tested positive for the virus during random testing while another 17 tested positive at Shallang, West Khasi Hills.
Dr War provided a figure of 17 positives in Shallang, but this comprised infections from Thursday and partial results from Friday. Complete figures for Friday from the district authorities put the new cases in Shallang at 10, adding to the 14 from Thursday.
Thirty-three new cases were recorded in East Khasi Hills, with 31 being civilians and two from the armed forces and paramilitaries (BSF, Assam Rifles, and CRPF). Of the civilians, seven were detected in Khlieh Ïew, 12 in Motphran, eight in Anjalee, one in Khyndailad, all of which were through random sampling, while one returnee, one patient from Ganesh Das Hospital and one patient from Woodland Hospital also tested positive.
Three cases from the armed forces accounted for West Garo Hills’ increase today, while there was one positive returnee in Ri-Bhoi, one native of West Jaiñtia Hills who is a patient of the RP Chest Hospital in Shillong, and two returnees in East Garo Hills.
Active cases thus stand at 973, with East Khasi Hills having 599 (civilians 376, armed forces and paramilitaries 223), West Garo Hills 221, Ri-Bhoi 92, West Khasi Hills 28, North Garo Hills 10, East Jaiñtia Hills eight, West Jaiñtia Hills five, South West Garo Hills four, East Garo Hills three, South Garo Hills two and South West Khasi Hills one.
There were also 19 recoveries reported on Friday, Dr War informed.
Of these 10 were from Ri-Bhoi, which helped take the active caseload in the district back below 100. The other recoveries were recorded in East Khasi Hills (five), West Khasi hills (two), West Garo Hills (one) and West Jaiñtia Hills (one).
The Director of Health Services also informed that a total of 70,413 samples were sent for testing, with 68,356 testing negative (43,378 through RT-PCR and 24,978 through random testing – antigen, truenaat, cbnaat) and the test reports of 339 are awaited.
Moreover, 29,873 citizens have entered Meghalaya from within the country and outside till Friday afternoon.