Meghalaya reports 87 new COVID cases; Govt prepared to handle surge: Hek
Meghalaya Health Minister Alexander Laloo Hek on Tuesday said that the state is ready and prepared for any eventuality because of the surge in COVID-19 cases in the state.
A meeting on COVID-19 was held on Tuesday evening to review the situation.
Hek informed reporters that another review meeting, to be chaired by Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma, will be held on April 14.
“There are so many things that are to be decided as the schools are not directly linked with the Health Department. Implementation of COVID protocols (lies) with the administration. We are only ready with our health report of the COVID situation,” the health minister said.
When asked whether the state has enough funds to tackle the second wave of COVID-19, Hek said, “We have to manage funds because protecting lives is more important. Fund must be managed from any source to protect people’s lives”.
Meghalaya reported 87 cases in the last 24 hours in East Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills, Ri Bhoi, West Jaintia Hills and West Khasi Hills.
East Jaintia Hills - 1
East Khasi Hills – 78 (returnees-48, armed forces/paramilitary forces-7, high risk-7, Lapalang cluster-5, Mawlai Nongkwar-3, ILI case-5, Screening purpose-2, health worker-1)
Ri Bhoi - 4 (Armed forces-2, returnee-1, screening purpose-1)
West Jaintia Hills -3 (returnee-2, screening purpose-1). West Khasi Hills – 1 (returnee)
At least ten recoveries have been reported in the state in the last 24 hours.
East Jaintia Hills - 1 ILI case
East Khasi Hills – 7 (Armed forces/paramilitary forces-2, high risk-1, returnee-3, screening purpose-1)
Ri Bhoi- 1 (returnee)
West Garo Hills – 1 (screening purpose)
There are a total of 270 active cases in the state, with the bulk of cases being recorded from East Khasi Hills with a total of 215 (23 Armed Forces/Paramilitary Forces and 192 others).
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)