Shillong, April 3: The State is witnessing a surge of COVID-19 cases of late with 24 new cases detected on Saturday.
Director Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War said 22 were returnees and are two tourists visiting the State, taking the number of active COVID-19 cases in the State to 88. All the 24 cases were recorded in East Khasi Hills district.
East Khasi Hills is the most affected district with 58 active cases, followed by West Garo Hills district with 23 active cases as on date. The other districts with active cases are Ri-Bhoi with six and West Khasi Hills one.
Meghalaya has so far registered 14, 106 COVID-19 cases, including 150 deaths due to the viral disease with 1.06 per cent case fatality rate and 13, 868 cases of recovery from the infection.
So far, 98, 868 persons from outside have returned to the State, which had three containment zones where COVID-19 positive cases have been detected, an official bulletin said, adding that of the 4, 07, 216 persons tested for COVID-19, 3, 93, 110 have been tested negative.
Dr. War also informed that till Saturday evening, a total of 1,21,270 citizens of Meghalaya have taken the Covishield vaccine out of which a total of 34,433 persons have been administered both doses so far.
On the other hand, 22, 465 health workers have received the first dose of the Covishield vaccine, 15, 166 have received the second dose, 32, 860 frontline workers have received the first dose and 18, 390 have received the second dose, while 31, 512 from among the general public have received the first dose and 877 have been administered with the second dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 across the State, Dr. War said.
Meanwhile, night curfew has further extended in East Khasi Hills.
District magistrate Isawanda Laloo on Saturday extended the existing night curfew timing in the district from April 3 to April 11 between 12 am to 5 am each day as a precaution against the pandemic.