COVID 19 hits 141 security personnel in Meghalaya

COVID Positive among security personnel

BSF – 137
Air Force – 02
Meghalaya Police – 01
Assam Regimental Centre – 01 (recovered)

Shillong, Jul 11 : Meghalaya has seen the surge of COVID 19 positive cases in the last few days with armed forces personnel getting the most hit especially BSF personnel.

This sudden surge of positive cases became a cause of worry for the Meghalaya Government  as from 10 active cases and a total of only 53 cases as on June 30, the state now has 236 total cases and 189 active cases within span of 11 days.

As many as 137 BSF personnel have been infected by COVID 19 and most of them are in BSF Meghalaya Frontier Headquarters at Umpling, Shillong.

Not only BSF, other security forces like Assam Regimental Centre ( ARC) , Air Force and Meghalaya Police have been infected by the virus.

While the ARC personnel has recovered from the infection, the other security personnel who are still COVID 19 positive and under treatment include, 137 from the BSF, 2 from Air Force and 1 from Meghalaya Police in East Jaintia Hills district. In total, 141 security personnel infected have been infected by the virus in Meghalaya so far.

With the rise of positive cases among the BSF personnel, Meghalaya is facing similar situation like Tripura which witnessed hundreds of BSF personnel tested positive for COVID 19 in the last few months.

District wise, out of 189 active cases, as many as 161 active cases were detected in East Khasi Hills district, 20 in Ri Bhoi district, 6 in West Garo Hills district and 2 in East Jaintia Hills district.

In total the state recorded 236 COVID 19 cases which include 45 persons who have recovered and 2 have succumbed to the virus. The state recorded the first death on April 15 when renowned physician Dr John L. Sailo Ryntathiang passed away after he was tested positive on April 13. The death of an 8 months old baby boy from Arunachal Pradesh at NEIGRIHMS on July 7 has added the state’s tally to 2. The baby was brought to NEIGRIHMS for treatment of an ailment but he was tested positive for COVID 19 and succumbed to the infection.