Meghalaya COVID-19 tally rises to 8,404 with 101 new cases

East Khasi Hills district tops the list of districts in positive cases with 1,554 infections.

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The total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in Meghalaya rose to 8,404, including 2,295 active cases and 75 deaths as 101 more persons tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Saturday, official sources said.

The new cases included 56 from East Khasi Hills district, 30 from West Khasi Hills district, 11 from West Garo Hills district, two from Ri Bhoi district, and one each from South West Garo Hills district and South West Khasi Hills district. Among them, 29 are police personnel from West Khasi Hills and two are health workers from West Garo Hills and South West Khasi Hills, Director of Health Services (MI), Dr Aman War said.

On Saturday, Meghalaya recorded its highest single-day recoveries of 298, pushing the  total number of recoveries to 6,034. The new recoveries included 55 from Ri Bhoi, 18 from West Garo Hills, and one each from East Jaintia Hills and West Jaintia Hills, Dr War said. 

East Khasi Hills district tops the list of districts in positive cases with 1,554 infections, including 33 Armed Forces and Paramilitary Forces and 1,521 civilians, followed by Ri Bhoi with 276 and West Garo Hills with 176 cases.

In the other districts, 83 cases are in West Jaintia Hills, 49 in West Khasi Hills, 40 in South Garo Hills, 32 in East Garo Hills, 26 in North Garo Hills, 22 in South West Garo Hills, 21 in South West Khasi Hills and 16 in East Jaintia Hills.

So far, swab samples of 1,85,467 persons have been tested of which 1,77,063 were found negative,” the senior medical official said, adding that there are 49,519 entrants from outside the state.  

First Published:Oct. 18, 2020, 11:26 a.m.

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