Shillong: The Meghalaya government has decided to reach out to COVID-19 patients in home isolation at their doorsteps and provide them special COVID care kits free of cost.

Announcing this, deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong said the decision was made owing to the hardships being faced by COVID-19 patients during their isolation period.

“We want to ease the difficulties being faced by residents who have tested positive for the virus. There is either a household or some family members facing challenges. So, we have decided that patients who are undergoing home isolation will be provided the essential kits,” said Tynsong.

The government had provided similar assistance to households even during the first wave of COVID-19 last year. The kits consisted of dry rations, toiletries and other daily essential items.

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Meanwhile, Meghalaya on Monday recorded 811 new COVID-19 cases taking the tally in the state to 30,492, said health services director Aman Warr.

The death toll rose to 483 as 24 more people succumbed to the disease, he added. Of the 24 fresh fatalities, 17 were recorded in East Khasi Hills district, three in West Jaintia Hills, one each in West Garo Hills and East Jaintia Hills and two in West Khasi Hills district.

At least 679 were cured of the disease during the day, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 22,221.

The state now has 7,788 cases, of which 4,292 are in East Khasi Hills and 1,187 in Ri Bhoi district, Warr added.

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