After total lockdown, COVID-19 positive cases rise again in Meghalaya, 28 new cases detected

Shillong July 15: A day after the two-day total lockdown ended in Shillong Agglomeration, COVID-19 positive cases surged again in Meghalaya, with 28 new positive cases detected on Wednesday, taking the number of active cases to 297, and a total cases to 346 so far.

On Wednesday, 19 BSF personnel, 6 personnel of the Assam Regimental Centre in East Khasi Hills district, and 3 Army personnel from Rangmen, Umroi in Ri Bhoi district were tested positive for COVID-19.

Now the total active cases went up to 297 which include 261 in East Khasi Hills district, 22 in Ri Bhoi, 8 in West Garo Hills, 2 each in East Jaiñtia Hills and South Garo Hills, and 1 each in East Garo Hills and North Garo Hills.

So far, 47 persons have recovered after one BSF personnel from Tura has recovered on Wednesday.

Out of 25,263 samples sent for testing, 24,597 tested negative and 320 test results are awaited.

Health minister A L Hek informed that random testing has started at Umpling and the same will follow at Mawpat and Nongmensong on Thursday.

During the total lockdown on Monday and Tuesday, the number of positive cases detected was not that high.

While 12 cases were reported on Monday, 3 cases were detected on Tuesday.

The total lockdown was imposed in Shillong Agglomeration to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

Shillong city has seen the surge of COVID cases especially among the BSF personnel and high risk contacts of the wedding attendees.