Meghalaya again witnessed a surge in Covid-19 cases, with 176 new infections (the second-highest figure this month) reported on the last day of September. There were also 37 recoveries today.
Active cases thus rose once again and now stand at 1,615.
There were a record 3,276 Covid-19 infections reported in the state in September, representing 58 percent of Meghalaya’s total of 5,641. In that time there were also 2,816 recoveries. Seventy percent (3,975) of patients who have had Covid-19 have recovered in the state.
Of the new cases 113 were from East Khasi Hills, 30 in West Garo Hills (six armed forces/paramilitaries, 24 civilians), 18 in Ri-Bhoi, 11 in South West Garo Hills and one each in East Garo Hills, North Garo Hills, West Khasi Hills and South West Khasi Hills.
In East Khasi Hills 85 new infections were among high-risk contacts, two with influenza like illnesses (ILIs), one severe acute respiratory infection (SARI), eight in the Rilbong cluster, six in the Golf Links cluster, four in the Umlyngka cluster, three in the Oakland cluster and one each in Laban, Mawprem and Rynjah.
In West Garo Hills 11 were high-risk contacts, while 13 were in the Bhaitbari cluster. In Ri-Bhoi there were 13 cases among high-risk contact and three returnees, while one health worker, one in the Mahendraganj cluster and nine high-risk contacts tested positive in South West Garo Hills. The lone case in North Garo Hills was a high-risk contact, while returnees accounted for the new infections in East Garo Hills and West Khasi Hills.
Of the 37 new recoveries, 21 are from West Garo Hills, 11 from Ri-Bhoi, three from East Khasi Hills and two from South West Garo Hills.
There have now been over 1.5 lakh Covid-tests carried out (1, 50,809), of which 1, 45,170 have tested negative. A total of 42,710 people have entered Meghalaya since coronavirus restrictions were put in place.