Meghalaya: Seven health workers among 17 new COVID-19 cases

In East Khasi Hills alone 34 health workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Seven health workers of R. P. Chest Hospital were tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday, the State's Health department informed.

Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War informed that authorities will investigate how these health workers got infected with the virus. He also said that these workers were on duty at the COVID-19 section and contact tracing is on.

Dr. War also informed that with the new cases, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the hospital has gone up to 10 even as he informed that in East Khasi Hills alone 34 health workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

During his daily briefing, Dr. War informed that the state recorded 17 fresh COVID-19 cases taking the total number of active cases to 594.

Of the 17 fresh cases of COVID-19, East Khasi Hills recorded 12 cases, including five civilians from different localities of Shillong and seven are health workers.

North Garo Hills recorded two new cases--one is a newly recruited health worker and another is a returnee from Assam, while in West Garo Hills, all the three cases are Border Security Force (BSF) personnel.

Meanwhile, the state also recorded 12 recoveries on Saturday, taking the total recovered cases to 423.

Dr. War then informed that, of the 12 recoveries, four are from East Khasi Hills (one BSF personnel and three civilians), seven are from Ri-Bhoi and one from West Jaintia Hills.

So far, 40,700 samples have been sent for testing of which  39 294 cases yielded negative results while the report of 383 samples are awaited.

First Published:Aug. 9, 2020, 11:13 a.m.