Meghalaya Health Minister Alexander Laloo Hek's home declared containment zone

The minister is currently out of station while his daughter tested positive for Coronavirus

The residence of Meghalaya Health Minister Alexander Laloo Hek was declared as micro containment area on Thursday after his daughter was tested positive for Covid-19 even as 123 more positive cases were detected, taking the total active cases in the state to 2,369.

Director of Health Services (MI), Dr Aman War said the minister’s daughter, who is a high risk contact, was tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday and is asymptomatic.  

“Contact tracing is still going on,” he said while informing that all the family members have been tested and were found to be negative.   

War said that the minister is presently out of station.

Meanwhile, the senior medical officer informed that the fresh cases include 79 from East Khasi Hills district, 14 from South Garo Hills district, 8 from Ri Bhoi district, 7 from West Garo Hills district, 6 from South West Khasi Hills district, 3 from West Jaintia Hills district, 3 from North Garo Hills district, 1 each from West Khasi Hills district, East Garo HIlls district and East Jaintia Hills district.

Out of the 138 recovered COVID-19 patients, War said, 102 are from East Khasi Hills, 16 from West Garo Hills, 8 from Ri Bhoi, 6 from West Khasi Hills, 4 from East Jaintia Hills, 1 from South Garo HIlls and 1 from West Jaintia Hills.

He said 4,832 patients have been discharged as on date.

The state has detected 7,261 cases out of which 2,369 are active cases, 4,832 recovered and 60 deaths.

East Khasi Hills district tops the list of districts in positive cases with 1,670 infections, that include 36 Armed Forces and Paramilitary Forces and 1,634 civilians, followed by Ri Bhoi 292 and West Garo Hills 190.

In the other districts, 44 cases in West Jaintia Hills, 41 in South West Garo Hills, 36 in East Jaintia Hills, 20 in East Garo Hills, 21 in North Garo Hills, 23 in South West Khasi Hills, 26 in South Garo Hills and 6 in West Khasi Hills.

“Till date, swab samples of 1, 67,265 persons have been tested of which 1,60,004 were found negative,” the senior medical official said.

There are 45,205 entrants from outside the state, he added.

First Published:Oct. 8, 2020, 10:40 p.m.

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