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13 more cases in Meghalaya

By Staff Correspondent

SHILLONG, July 18 - Meghalaya has reported 13 new COVID-19 positive cases in the past 24 hours, taking the active cases in the State to 365. Meanwhile, the State Government has expressed concern over the surge of cases in the Khanapara area.

The overall positive cases have reached 416 including 49 recoveries and two deaths.

The Director of Health Service, Aman War, had earlier suspected that there was community transmission at some places like Khanapara, close to the Assam border. But today he ruled out the community spread, but expressed concern over the spike in cases.

War said that new cases are being reported from the Khanapara area of Ri-Bhoi district, especially in the Khanapara area, every day. Many residents of Khanapara frequently visit Guwahati for daily business and simultaneously, people from Assam also come here.

The Meghalaya Government first imposed curfew in the area between Khanapara to Byrnihat earlier this month. The curfew was later eased for people to buy essential commodities.

Till date, 26,940 samples have been sent for testing in Meghalaya, out of which 26,000 came out negative, while the results of 522 tests are awaited, Health Department officials said here.

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