Shillong: Even as Meghalaya continues to witness a surge in the COVID-19 cases, the government said it was aggressively carrying out COVID-19 tests, with close to 50,000 tests conducted.

Following a review meeting, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma said this month, the state expects 70,000-80,000 tests. On Monday, the state recorded 634 new cases and 16 deaths. The total active cases stand at 4,915.

The government also reviewed the oxygen supported beds in the state. Sangma informed that they expanded oxygen-supported beds from 350-750 and expand the same to 1,000 oxygen-supported beds by the next two weeks.

“When the second wave started, we had about 700 oxygen cylinders. Today we are close to touching 1,500 oxygen cylinders and hope to increase many more,” said Sangma.

The government will soon be upgrading the services in Civil Hospital Shillong and at Ganesh Das Hospital. “We have Civil Hospital, Nazareth and NEIGRIHMS having some oxygen or generator plants, but within the next few days, we would be upgrading it,” said Sangma.

Sangma added that within the next few days, we would also see oxygen plants in Tura, Jowai, and Nongpoh. “In about two weeks, they are scheduled to also complete oxygen plants at Nongstoin, Baghmara, Williamnagar and Ampati toom” he added.

The government had decided last week to start Corona care centres/isolation centres in different cluster-based units in the city. He added that the government would support these centres, including manpower and oxygen concentrators. Sangma informed that about 300 beds would be created in the next few days in different parts of the city.

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