Meghalaya COVID-19 death toll climbs to 38

Three more COVID-19 patients died in Meghalaya on Monday.

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Meghalaya on Monday registered three more deaths due to illness related to COVID-19, taking the death toll in the state to 38. As many as 73 new Coronavirus cases were detected, taking the active case count up to 2,169 on Monday, official sources said.

A resident of Jail Road passed away at Nazareth hospital on September 19, while another person died at the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) hospital on the same day, Director of Health Services (MI), Dr Aman War said

Meanwhile, out of the 73 new cases of COVID-19, officials informed that 59 were detected from East Khasi Hills district, 12 from West Garo Hills district, 1 each from North Garo Hills district and West Jaintia Hills district.

The official source also said that at least six health workers were tested positive in the state of which one is a doctor from Woodland hospital and a health worker, who got tested at NEIGRIHMS are from East Khasi Hills while eight health workers are from Holy Cross hospital in Tura.

The others include 48 high risk contacts, six armed forces and paramilitary forces (AF/PF) personnel and three returnees from East Khasi Hills, four AF/PF from West Garo Hills, one returnee from North Garo Hills and one high risk contact in West Jaintia Hills.

Meanwhile, 15 more patients, including six from West Garo Hills, four from Ri Bhoi, three from South West Garo Hills and two from East Jaintia Hills, have recovered from the viral infection.

The state so far has recorded a total of 4,734 positive cases of which 2,169 are active, 2,527 recovered and 38 deaths.

East Khasi Hills, where the state capital is located, is the worst affected district with 1,569 active cases, that includes 1,324 civilians and 245 AF/PF personnel, followed by East Jaintia Hills with 273 cases, 138 in Ri Bhoi, 129 in West Garo Hills, 14 in South West Garo HIlls, 13 in West Khasi Hills, 10 in West Jaintia Hills, 8 in South Garo Hills, 6 in South West Khasi HIlls, 5 in East Garo Hills and 4 in North Garo Hills.

Till date, a total of 1,33,259 samples have been sent for testing of which 1,27, 589 were found to be negative while test results of 937 are awaited. There are 38,953 entrants from outside the state.

First Published:Sept. 21, 2020, 9:21 p.m.

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