COVID-19: Meghalaya government figures ‘mismatch’ with BSF figures

Shillong July 1: The number of BSF personnel who tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya is 11 not five, going by the statement of the Border Security Force (BSF) Meghalaya Frontier.

This show a mismatch of figures given by the Meghalaya government and the figures provided by the BSF.

The Meghalaya government had informed that five BSF personnel have tested positive for COVID-19 which has contradicted the statement of the BSF.

“Till today, 11 COVID-19 patients have been admitted out of which, 1 has been discharged after recovery and 4 patients have been put under isolation after recovery from COVID-19,” BSF Spokesperson U K Nayal stated in a statement on Wednesday.

The BSF stated that the recovery rate of COVID-19 patients in the BSF Composite Hospital, Shillong is matching with the national recovery rate at 59.7 percent.

“All these patients are BSF personnel and they are recuperating or some have recovered at the BSF hospital,” the statement said, stating that all precautions are being taken by the BSF to stop the spread of the virus.

The BSF said that it has created 25 quarantine centers in Meghalaya in which 1,561 BSF persons were de-quarantined after completing the quarantine period and 1,033 BSF persons are presently quarantining in quarantine centers.

“To stop the spread of COVID-19 within the campus, proper screening and sanitization of every entrance are being done with the help of the administration of the BSF Frontier Headquarters, Meghalaya,” Nayal added.

Health Minister, A L Hek informed that only five BSF personnel had tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.

Hek said that the BSF might have included the data of troopers who tested positive in other States.