Rajya Sabha MP from Meghalaya, Dr Wanwei Roy Kharlukhi has tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.
According to Health minister AL Hek, the health condition of Kharlukhi, also the National People’s Party (NPP) state president, is stable and he is asymptomatic.
He said contact tracing is being done and all high risk contacts are requested to go for self isolation.
This also came four days after NPP national president and chief minister Conrad K Sangma had tested positive for COVID-19.
It may be mentioned here that the chief minister is the sixth political leader tested positive for COVID-19 in the state, after former chief minister’s daughter and Ampati legislator, Miani D Shira also self declared on twitter on December 5.
Earlier, Health Minister AL Hek, Power Minister James Sangma, Transport Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar and Phulbari legislator SG Esmatur Mominin had also tested positive for the virus and subsequently recovered.
Meanwhile, one more person has died of COVID-19 taking the death toll to 131 in the state on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, 128 patients have recovered from the viral infection while 66 new cases have been detected on Tuesday.
Director of Health Services (MI) Dr Aman War said the recovered patients include 112 from East Khasi Hills district, 11 West Garo Hills district, 2 South West Garo Hills district, 1 East Jaintia Hills district, 1 Ri Bhoi district and 1 West Khasi Hills district.
Of 66 fresh cases, he said 57 are from East Khasi Hills, 4 West Garo Hills, 2 East Jaintia Hills, 1 Ri Bhoi, 1 South Garo Hills and 1 South West Garo Hills.
Those tested positive also include 5 armed force/paramilitary force personnel, 2 health workers and 11 high risk contacts.
So far, the state has detected a total of 13,007 COVID-19 cases out of which 690 are active cases, 12,186 recovered and 131 deaths.
Of the total active cases, East Khasi Hills has 402 positive cases, West Jaintia Hills 120, West Garo Hills 59, Ri Bhoi 49, South West Garo Hills 15, East Garo Hills 14, East Jaintia Hills 9, West Khasi Hills 7, North Garo Hills 7, South Garo Hills 6 and South West Khasi Hills 2.
“Till date, swab samples of 2,69,808 persons have been tested of which 2,56,801 were found negative,” the senior medical official said.
There are 71,962 entrants from outside the state.