19 new COVID-19 cases in Meghalaya, 13 of them BSF jawans


Shillong, July 20 (PTI) As many as 13 Border Security
Force (BSF) personnel were among the 19 people who tested
positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya on Monday, taking
the state”s tally to 469, officials said.

Director of Health Services (MI) Dr Aman War told
reporters that 19 persons 16 from East Khasi Hills, 2 from
West Garo Hills and 1 from South West Garo Hills have tested
positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of active
cases to 413.

The new cases also include a returnee from Khanapara
area to Shillong, two high risk contacts of a patient in Assam
Regimental Centre and a person, who recently attended a
wedding in Bihar.
There are 356 active cases in East Khasi Hills, 36
in Ri Bhoi, 13 in West Garo Hills, two each in South West Garo
Hills, South Garo Hills and East Jaintia Hills and 1 each in
East Garo Hills and North Garo Hills districts, he said.
The 356 active cases in East Khasi Hills district
include 278 personnel of the BSF.

“We are expecting to have more recoveries in the
coming days, especially from the BSF camps,” Dr War said.

The authorities are trying to find out how three
health workers posted at the Byrnihat checkgate in Ri Bhoi
contracted the virus, the official said.

“We have to find out whether they had let their guards
down due to the weather condition while screening the
returnees or they had gone elsewhere and caught the
infection,” he said.

Preliminary investigation suggests that one of the
health workers who tested positive for COVID-19 had attended a
walk-in-interview for a data entry operator”s job at the DCs
office in Ri-Bhoi district.

“Contact tracing of the patient is underway and all
the candidates who were interviewed on that day are in home
quarantine,” Dr War said.

The state has recorded 469 COVID-19 cases of which 52
have recovered. Four people have so far succumbed to the
disease.

Dr War said, out of the 28,455 swab samples sent for
testing till date, 27,466 have come out negative while results
of 520 samples were awaited. PTI JOP
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