Confusion over COVID-19 positive cases in Meghalaya

Shillong July 13: The figures of COVID-19 positive cases in Meghalaya have been updated differently leaving the citizens of the state in confusion.

While Meghalaya chief minister, Conrad K Sangma updated via twitter that 268 total active cases including 186 BSF personnel, 82 non-BSF, while 46 persons have recovered.

Health Minister A L Hek however told reporters that there were 271 active cases including 236 cases in East Khasi Hills district including 182 BSF personnel.

Hek informed that as on Monday, 12 new cases were detected in the state including 10 BSF personnel and 2 from NEIGRIHMS.

However North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) informed that a total of 13 patients including one health worker had tested positive for COVID-19 including 6 new cases detected on Monday.

Director of NEIGRIHMS, Dr P Bhattacharyaa told reporters that one nurse who tested positive was working in a non-COVID area in the hospital, while 12 others are patients.

Medical Superintendent of NEIGRIHMS, Dr Noor Topno said that a total of 111 persons were identified as high risk contacts while 121 are low risk contacts of the COVID-19 positive patients.

“Out of 30 samples of the high risk contacts who have been tested, 6 patients were positive, and the rest 24 were negative,” he said.

He also informed that 6 positive patients are the high risk contacts of one BSF personnel, who is the first positive patient of NEIGRIHMS.

Meanwhile, according to updates by the Government of India on mygov.in/covid-19, the number of persons who have recovered 66 not 46 as mentioned by the Meghalaya government.

It mentioned that out of 306 total confirmed cases, there are 238 active cases, 66 recovered and 2 deaths.