COVID19 positive cases took four months to reach the 1000-mark in Meghalaya since the first positive case was detected on April 13.

However, within 19 days, the state recorded more than 1,000 COVID19 cases pushing the state’s tally to over 2,000 cases.

The state’s COVID19 count crossed 1,000-mark on August 7 when the state recorded a total of 1,003 cases.

But after that within 19 days, from August 7-25, the COVID19 cases reached another 1,000-mark, with the state reaching the tally of 2,018 cases after 42 new cases were confirmed on Tuesday.

With 42 new positive cases, the state currently has 1,178 active cases.

Sharing the COVID19 update, DHS (MI) Dr Aman War said the 42 new cases reported on Tuesday include 31 cases in East Khasi Hills district – 10 from the armed and paramilitary forces and 21 civilians.

Dr War said the infected civilians include 16 high risk contacts, 1 influenza like illness, 3 random sampling – one from Woodland Hospital, and 2 are from NEIGRIHMS, and one returnee.

There are three cases from Ri Bhoi – one returnee, one influenza like illness, and one positive – who came for test for immigration procedures.

North Garo Hills district has one high risk contact who tested positive, and one case in West Jaiñtia Hills district who is a health worker at Jowai.

West Garo Hills district has six positive cases including one armed jawan, four high-risk contacts, and one returnee.

Dr War informed that 43 patients have recovered from the infections, taking the total recovery cases to 832.

So far, eight deaths due to COVID19 have been reported in Meghalaya.

The 43 patients, who have recovered include 3 civilians from East Khasi Hills, 7 from Ri Bhoi – 4 armed forces, 3 civilians and 32 from West Garo Hills – 25 armed forces and seven civilians and one civilian from South West Khasi Hills district.

South West Khasi Hills district currently has no more positive case after the recovery of one patient.

The number of samples sent for testing till Tuesday is 76,762, out of which, 74,293 samples tested negative, and the test results for 451 samples are awaited.

So far, 30,755 persons have entered Meghalaya from outside the state.

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