West Jaiñtia Hills saw a single day rise of 17 percent in its Covid-19 cases, with 36 reported by the Health Department today.
Overall Meghalaya recorded another day with fewer new infections compared to recoveries. There were 71 new cases and 117 recoveries. No fatalities were reported.
The total number of active cases has thus dropped to 1,009 but this good news is largely confined to East Khasi Hills, which has seen its active infections drop from a peak of 1,736 on October 11 to 327 today.
East Khasi Hills’ figures may be partially down to the reduced number of tests being carried out in the state. Only around 700 were carried out in the past 24 hours, which is roughly a third of the 2,000-plus that were performed every day in the first half of October before the government started charging certain categories of the public for tests at government health facilities.
Other districts are also experiencing rises in their coronavirus count. Yesterday Ri-Bhoi reported 81 new infections, of which 70 were police personnel. That pushed the district’s total number of infections past 1,000 and it now has 258 active cases, less than 100 behind that of East Khasi Hills. West Jaintia Hills, meanwhile, now has over 100 active cases and 250 in total.
The new cases today were divided between West Jaiñtia Hills (36), East Khasi Hills (29), West Garo Hills (two), Ri-Bhoi (two), East Garo Hills (one) and North Garo Hills (one).
Of the new recoveries, East Khasi Hills registered 83, Ri-Bhoi 14, South Garo Hills eight, West Garo Hills five, West Jaiñtia Hills five, East Jaiñtia Hills one and North Garo Hills one.
There have been a total of 8,579 recoveries (88.64 percent recovery rate) and 90 deaths (0.93 fatality rate) out of the 9,678 Covid-19 infections in the state.