17 BSF personnel among 49 fresh COVID-19 cases in Meghalaya


Shillong: Forty-nine more people, including 17 Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya, taking the northeastern state”s tally to 1,506 on Wednesday, a health official said.

Forty-seven fresh COVID-19 cases were reported in East Khasi Hills district and two in North Garo Hills district, Health Services Director Aman War said.

“Seventeen BSF personnel are among the new patients,” he said.

Nine more people have been cured of the disease and were discharged from hospitals, taking the total number of recoveries to 694, the official said, adding six patients have died in the state so far.

The fresh infections have pushed the number of active cases in the state to 806, he said.

East Khasi Hills district has the highest number of active COVID-19 cases at 492, followed by 189 in West Garo Hills and 95 in Ri-Bhoi, the official said.

East Garo Hills district is coronavirus-free at the moment, War said.

“Of the 492 active COVID-19 cases in East Khasi Hills district, 174 are security personnel,” he said.

A total of 43,870 samples have been tested for COVID- 19 in the state so far, War added. PTI