12 more COVID-19 cases reported in Meghalaya, tally 1,929

Shillong, August 24 (PTI): At least 12 more people, including nine security personnel, tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya on Monday, taking the northeastern state''s tally to 1,929, a health department official said.

Of the new cases, 10 were reported from East Khasi Hills district and two from Ri-Bhoi, Health Services Director Aman War said.

"Nine armed forces personnel are among the new patients," he said.

Meghalaya currently has 1,141 active cases, while the number of recoveries stands at 780. Eight patients have succumbed to the infection so far.

East Khasi Hills district, of which state capital Shillong is a part, has the maximum number of active cases at 733, followed by West Garo Hills at 223 and Ri-Bhoi at 96, War said.

"Of the 733 active cases in East Khasi Hills district, 276 are security personnel," he said.

More than 45,000 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the state so far, the official added.