Health department ruled out “Community Transmission” of COVID 19 in Meghalaya

Shillong, Jul 27 : As far as community transmission of COVID-19 virus in the State is concerned, as per definition, “Community transmission means that the COVID-19 virus has become so widespread in a community that it gets difficult, if not impossible, to determine who is passing on the infection to whom”.

However, in case of Meghalaya, the clusters of most cases have been identified through extensive contact tracing exercise and the remaining ones will soon be identified as the contact tracing exercise is underway. As per the assessment of the Health Authorities, there is no Community Transmission suspected.

In a statement with regards  to the few SARI cases from Shillong (detected in H G Roberts Hospital) and cases from Khliehriat, East Jaintia Hills and Amlarem, West Jaintia Hills District who were initially tested positive for COVID-19 in RTPCR, it is informed that they were later tested negative in the Rapid Antigen test as well as the RTPCR test. Moreover, all their primary contacts have been traced and tested and most of their results have been tested as negative. Some results are still awaited. Hence, the possibility of community transmission, by definition as mentioned above, in the area of Khliehriat and Amlarem can be ruled out.

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