Amidst lockdown in East Khasi Hills District, the COVID-19 cases continue to be high, even as the state government has cautioned about the virus ‘variants of concern’ that have been detected in the State.
Nine more persons have succumbed to COVID-19 on Thursday taking the death toll in the state to 625.
Director Health Services (MI), Dr Aman War said four COVID-19 related deaths were recorded in East Khasi Hills district, two each was reported from West Jaintia Hills district and West Garo Hills district and one from South West Garo Hills district.
As many as 552 more cases of infection has led to the surged in the active count to 6352, even as the COVID 19 tally in the state has raised to 37,149.
He said the new COVID-19 cases included 246 in East Khasi Hills district, 93 in West Garo Hills district, 59 in West Jaintia Hills district, 29 in Ri-Bhoi district, 27 in North Garo Hills district, 22 in South West Khasi Hills district, 20 in East Garo Hills district, 15 in West Khasi Hills district, 11 in East Jaintia Hills district and nine in South West Garo Hills district.
He also informed that as many as 597 patients have also recovered from the viral infection during the past 24 hours.
Of these, 288 are from East Khasi Hills, 109 Ri Bhoi, 47 South West Khasi Hills, 32 East Garo Hills, 31 West Garo Hills, 31 West Jaintia Hills, 18 East Jaintia Hills, 18 South West Garo Hills, 12 West Khasi Hills, 7 South Garo Hills and 1 North Garo Hills.
Meanwhile, the State Health and Family Welfare department has stated that as per the report on the genome sequencing of the samples of COVID-19 positive cases in Meghalaya, it has been revealed that the majority of the samples detected were those of the “mutated strains” which are listed by the World Health Organization as ‘variants of concern’, which are “highly transmissible”.
The government has stated that the population will be considered as “Category ‘A’ patients”, implying that “all residents of the State must consider themselves asymptomatic cases and take due precautions,” an advisory issued by Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare department, Sampath Kumar underlined.
“It is hereby declared that henceforth all are to be considered asymptomatic persons carrying these variants of concern and can involuntarily spread the infection,” the top health department official iterated.
“The only way forward is to have a collective approach where every individual is responsible for his/her safety through strict adherence to the Covid Appropriate Behaviour,” the advisory said.
“The community must understand that at present the vaccine is the only effective means to combat the destructive spread of the virus. The vaccine has been proven to prevent severe disease even though few breakthrough cases are seen in the State,” the health department underscored.
So far, the state has detected a total of 37,149 COVID-19 cases out of which 6,352 are active cases, 30,172 recovered and 625 deaths.
With 2,814 active COVID-19 cases, East Khasi Hills, that includes state capital Shillong, is the worst affected district in the state, followed by West Garo Hills with 743 cases and Ri Bhoi with 730 cases.
There are 551 West Jaintia Hills, 433 South West Garo Hills, 278 South West Khasi Hills, 188 East Jaintia Hills, 195 West Khasi Hills, 188 North Garo Hills, 131 East Garo Hills and 101 South Garo Hills.
On the other hand, of the 5,87,391 persons who have tested for COVID-19 in the state as on date, 5,50,242 were tested negative for the virus.
There are 1,21,730 entrants from outside the state.