Seven police personnel in Meghalaya have been infected by COVID-19 so far.
Only on Saturday, four police personnel from East Jaiñtia Hills district were confirmed COVID-19 positive, DHS (MI), Dr Aman War said.
The four positive cases among the police personnel are the high-risk contacts of one policeman from East Jaiñtia Hills who tested positive recently after he returned from Garo Hills.
“Altogether seven police personnel have been infected so far in the state,” Dr War said, adding that, five of them from East Jaiñtia Hills district, and two from South West Garo Hills district.
As on Saturday, 59 new COVID-19 positive cases were confirmed including the four policemen from East Jaiñtia Hills district.
Out of 59, there are 54 new cases in East Khasi Hills district which include 6 BSF, and 48 others, four police personnel in East Jaiñtia Hills district, and one in West Jaiñtia Hills district, who returned from Assam.
Altogether 547 active cases have been recorded in the state which includes 466 only in East Khasi Hills district – BSF (286), other Armed forces (2) and 159 others.
Dr War informed that Ri-Bhoi district has 41 active cases, 15 in West Garo Hills, 9 in West Jaiñtia Hills, 8 in East Jaiñtia Hills, 4 in South West Garo Hills, 2 in South Garo Hills, and one each in East Garo Hills and North Garo Hills respectively.
Dr War informed that seven patients have also recovered, all of them BSF personnel, taking the number of recovered patients to 94.
As the positive cases increased every day, Meghalaya now has a total of 646 COVID-19 cases, which include 547 active cases, 94 recoveries, and five deaths.
As many 32,783 samples were sent for the test so far, out of which, 31,469 samples tested negative and 668 samples are waiting for the test results.
Interestingly, 111 new entrants from outside the state entered Meghalaya on Saturday, taking the total number of entrants from outside to 23,817.