Total tally of COVID-19 positive cases in Meghalaya stands at 43

Shillong: Several questions rose with a 70-year-old testing COVID-19 positive on Tuesday. Many were quick to point that it could be a case of community transmission.

Director of Health Services, Dr Aman War has ruled out community transmission. The health department will wait for the test results of high risk cases.

War informed that the person was admitted to the Robert Hospital in Shillong on June 7, where his samples tested positive.

Acting quickly the health department carried out contact tracing. 13 High risk contacts in Ri Bhoi have been traced and 16 in East Khasi Hills.

There are 20 low risk contacts in Ri Bhoi and only 2 in East Khasi Hills whose samples have been taken for testing.

During the contact tracing it was found that the son of the 70-year-old is a truck driver. The health department team are working to uncover his travel history. The last time the person went out was on May 26, and after that he has not travelled anywhere informed War.

Seeing the citizens of the state concerned, War stressed on how the case should be compared to the Bethany Hospital incident.

“This case cannot be compared to the case in Bethany hospital. Roberts Hospital has already been identified as a hospital to cater to any cases of COVID-19 and accordingly the hospital has taken due diligence in segregating the person. This particular person who is an elderly around 70-years-old is in isolation ward. The attendant of the patient is not mingling with the staff looking after this patient,” added War.

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