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COVID-19 cases surge in M’laya

COVID-19 cases are on a surge in Meghalaya with 90 new cases of the viral infection detected, pushing the number of active cases up to 212 on Thursday, in the state which has recorded 85,021 confirmed COVID-19 cases so far, health officials said.

On the other hand, 23 more patients have recovered from the viral infection taking  the number of recoveries to 83,324, while the number of deaths remained at 1,485 with no deaths reported on Thursday, health officials said.

The positivity rate has climbed up to 0.24 per cent from 0.17 per cent on Wednesday, while the recovery rate and fatality rate stand at 98.00 per cent and 1.74 per cent respectively.

Of the new cases, Director Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War said 70 cases were detected in East Khasi Hills district, nine in West Garo Hills district, five in West Jaintia Hills district and three cases each in Ri-Bhoi district and South West Khasi Hills district.

The  number of active COVID-19 cases in the most pandemic-hit East KhasiHills, which includes state capital Shillong has further increased to 176 with the district recording 42,113 total confirmed cases and 1,009 deaths so far, health officials said.

Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong has appealed to all eligible citizens to get vaccinated, even as he informed that the government is not keen to enforce a total lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We request the parents and children from 15 years and above to get themselves vaccinated at the earliest as the third wave has already started in the State. We will be saved only with vaccination,” Tynsong said.

“The question of lockdown does not arise as of now. The people of the state have suffered greatly over two years due to the lockdowns.  Lockdown would be the last resort,” he said, exhorting citizens to get themselves and to strictly follow the health guidelines to prevent spread of the infection.

Winter vacation for schools extended till January 24 

Meghalaya government has extended winter vacation for schools till January 24 following detection of Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the state and to prevent further spread of the viral infection, education officials said on Thursday.       

The schools were earlier scheduled to open from January 10.  

 “We have decided to extend the winter vacation for school till January 24 due to the sudden surge of COVID-19 cases and detection of Omicron variant in the State, and to ensure the safety and security of the students,” Education Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui said.     

 The State on Thursday recorded 90 new cases of COVID-19 infection, of which 70 are in East khasi hills district, which includes state capital Shillong which has mounted the number of active cases to 212.  

Rymbui stressed the need for COVID-19 vaccination to prevent further spread of the viral infection.      

 “COVID-19 is always one step ahead of whatever is being planned to contain it. Therefore, the best solution is to help ourselves by getting ourselves vaccinated to prevent from being infected,” the Education minister said. 

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