The Health and Family Welfare Department has once again attacked conspiracy theories claiming that Covid-19 numbers in the state have been exaggerated by healthcare institutions in order to receive greater financial assistance.
According to official figures there have been 5,078 Covid-19 infections in the state, of which 1,977 are active cases. On Tuesday at his daily press briefing Director of Health Services Dr Aman War countered claims that the state government is artificially inflating the number of positive Covid cases in order to secure more funds from the central government.
In a press release today, the department said that Meghalaya “has one of the lowest Covid-19 cases per million population across India. This has been achieved by trying to test all those who are susceptible to Covid-19.”
It called the idea that hospitals are inflating the number of infected “absolutely false and baseless” and said that more than 90 per cent of all coronavirus patients have been or are receiving treatment in government healthcare institutions.
The release, signed by Commissioner and Secretary Sampath Kumar, urged the public not to spread false allegations such as these. On Tuesday Dr War threatened legal action against those propagating such conspiracies.