Shillong, Apr 2: The State is again seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases with 15 fresh ones recorded on Good Friday taking the number of active cases to 64.
Health authorities informed that of the 15 fresh cases detected one is a tourist.
Of the 15 fresh cases East Khasi Hills recorded 13 new cases of which one was from the armed force/paramilitary force and 12 from the others category, West Garo Hills and West Khasi Hills recorded one case each.
Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War informed that the state witnessed one recovered case on Friday taking the total to 13868.
Dr. War informed that of the 64 active cases – East Khasi Hills has 34 of which – six are from the armed forces/para military forces and 28 are from the others category, West Garo Hills has 23 active cases, Ri-Bhoi six and West Khasi Hills one.
The Director of Health Services also informed that so far 22,460 health care workers have received the first dose of the Covishield vaccination of which 15,154 got their second dose.
He also informed that the vaccination achievement for frontline workers till date is 32,802 (first dose) out of which 18,293 received their second dose.
Dr. War informed that for the general public based on the eligible age group 30,909 persons have received their first dose and 190 their second dose.
Meanwhile, he informed that the total persons tested till date is 4,06,446 out of which 3,92,364 samples tested negative and 14082 are confirmed cases. The state has also witnessed 150 fatalities and the death rate is 1.07 percent.
Moreover, with the spike in COVID-19 cases in other parts of the, the State’s Health Department has some up with revised protocols for people entering Meghalaya.
As per a notification, by Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Sampath Kumar department a negative RT-PCR report is mandatory for persons coming from the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Chandigarh and Gujarat.
“RAT (Rapid Antigen Test) negative report shall not be valid for persons coming from these states. The COVID negative report (RT-PCR) will be valid only if they were tested within 72 hours of their arrival at the entry point,” Kumar stated.
According to the Health and Family Welfare department those persons who do not have a COVID negative report, samples for RT-PCR testing shall be taken at the entry point on payment basis.
“Such persons shall proceed to their residence or place of stay and shall be quarantined until the test results are declared,” Kumar added.