Guwahati: After several days without the detection of any Covid-19 positive cases, Meghalaya on Thursday discharged yet another patient after recovery, bringing the total number of cases down to 10. Out of the 44 cases reported in the state, a single casualty has been reported so far.
"Another person from West Jaintia Hills has tested negative today. Total cases are 43 and total active cases are 10", Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma tweeted.
Notably, Meghalaya has reported a robust recovery rate of 76.74%, with the national average hovering around the 52% mark.
It is pertinent to mention here that Meghalaya reported its first case on April 13, 2020. A complete curfew was also clamped in Shillong owing to the virus spread, bringing a complete halt to activities in the capital. Gradually, 12 more people -- the late index patient's relatives, employees, and friends -- were tested positive in quick succession, taking the tally of cases in the state up to 13. This first batch has completely recovered from the virus.
Going by the numbers, Meghalaya has managed to flatten the Covid-19 curve in the state, and the Government is seeking to ease some of the restrictions that were imposed during the Covid-19 lockdown imposed by the Centre. Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong informed that the review meeting of the state government held on Wednesday has decided to reopen restaurants, beauty parlors, barbershops and salons from June 22. "But restaurants all along the national highways will be closed," the Deputy Chief Minister said.
Meanwhile, India has reported over 12,000 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours in the biggest one-day spike. The country has so far reported 3,66,946 coronavirus cases; 1,94,935 have recovered. The number of dead is 12,237, while the recovery rate is at 52.95 percent.