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Meghalaya sees massive surge in Covid cases

Sanitisation on at Secretariat buildings, 3 more test positive
HP NEWS SERVICE
Shillong, Sep 5: Sanitisation is on at the Meghalaya secretariat buildings after employees were tested positive for Covid-19.
Three more employees of the State Secretariat have tested positive for the virus on Saturday taking the number to nine.
Director of Health Services (MI), Dr Aman War said these positive cases are employees of the different departments in the secretariat and contact tracing is going on.
The main and additional buildings of the Secretariat have been closed for the weekend as all the floors and lifts are being sanitized. The main Secretariat also houses the office of Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma.

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15 health workers among those infected with virus
HP NEWS SERVICE
Shillong, Sep 5: Covid-19 cases in Meghalaya surged by a massive 182 cases, as reported by the Health Department Saturday.
This is the third straight day where the fresh positive cases crossed the three figure mark.
While East Khasi Hills alone added 121, of which 116 were among civilians, Ri-Bhoi added 31, taking its tally above 100. East Garo Hills is approaching the hundred mark with 15 new cases reported.
The one death included in today’s figures is that of a 65-year old man from West Khasi Hills, who succumbed to the virus on Friday.
Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War informed that of the new cases, there are 15 health workers which include doctors and nurses.
He said that seven staffs nurses and six others staffs in Civil Hospital, while in Ganesh Das Hospital a doctor and a nurse tested positive for Covid-19.
Of the new positive cases on Saturday, East Khasi Hills district recorded the most with 121 cases (armed/paramilitary forces – five, others – 116), Ri-Bhoi 31 (armed/paramilitary forces – 13, others – 18), East Garo Hills – 15, West Garo Hills – 12 (armed/paramilitary forces – seven, others – five), North Garo Hills – two and West Khasi Hills – one.
Giving a district wise breakup of the new cases in the others category, Dr. War informed that in East Khasi Hills 97 are high risk cases, 15 are health workers, Ri-Bhoi 18 are high risk cases, in East Garo Hills of the 15 cases, 14 are shopkeepers at Rongjeng Market and one is a high risk case, in West Garo Hills one is a influenza like illness case, one is a returnee, one is a health worker and two are high risk cases.
The district wise breakup of the positive cases are – East Khasi Hills 915 (armed/paramilitary forces – 166 and others – 749), West Garo Hills 144 (armed/paramilitary forces – 97 and others – 47), Ri-Bhoi 120 (armed/paramilitary forces – 29 and others – 91), East Garo Hills – 97, West Khasi Hills – 31, East Jaiñtia Hills – 25, South Garo Hills – 22 (armed/paramilitary forces – 11 and others – 11), North Garo Hills – eight, West Jaiñtia Hills – eight, South West Garo Hills – three and South West Khasi Hills – one.
Dr. War informed that the total active cases in the state now stand at 1374.
The Director of Health Services also said that the State recorded 59 new recoveries in Saturday.
East Khasi Hills recorded the maximum recoveries with 48 (armed/paramilitary forces – four and others – 44), West Garo Hills – eight, Ri-Bhoi – two and East Garo Hills – one. The total recovered cases in the State now stand at 1527.
The number of samples sent for testing till date are – 97, 550, a total of 94, 418 samples yielded negative results and the reports of 216 samples are awaited.
The number of persons from outside the State who have entered the Meghalaya till Saturday afternoon are 33, 424.
He said during random testing conducted at Khyndailad on Saturday of the 82 samples taken two tested positive.
The Director of Health Services also informed that there are now three positive cases in Laitlyngkot. Initially one person has tested positive and afterwards 102 people were tested out of which two more cases were detected.
Dr. War also informed that there are a total of nine Covid-19 patients with co-morbidities, two in Civil Hospital Shillong and seven in North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences.