SHILLONG: The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Meghalaya with 21 fresh cases detected on Tuesday even as 18 patients recovered from the viral infection with active cases standing at 416 in the State, informed Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War.
Of the 28,937 samples sent for testing till Tuesday afternoon; 28,167 have negative results, and reports of 280 samples are awaited.
Among the 21 new cases, nine are civilians, two Central Paramilitary Police Force (CRPF) personnel, one Border Security Force (BSF) trooper and another from the armed forces in East Khasi Hills district. Altogether seven more fresh cases were detected in Ri-Bhoi district and one in West Jaintia Hills district.
Dr. War further informed that 18 patients have recovered. Of them, 14 are BSF troopers in East Khasi Hills, one from the armed forces in Ri-Bhoi, two in West Garo Hills and one in East Jaintia Hills had recovered from the disease, taking the number of recoveries to 70 so far in the State, which has registered four deaths due to COVID-19.
East Khasi Hills District has been the most hit with 355 active cases, including 266 BSF personnel, 15 from the armed forces and 74 civilians.
While Ri-Bhoi district has 42 active cases, West Garo Hills has 12, and South Garo Hills has two in besides one each in East Jaintia Hills, South West Garo Hills, East Garo Hills and North Garo Hills districts.
The total number of stranded residents who entered the State till date are 23,064.