Meghalaya: 82-year-old doctor becomes latest COVID-19 fatality; total caseload 11,875

Sixty-five new COVID-19 cases and 158 recoveries were recorded in the state on Tuesday.


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An 82-year-old doctor became the latest COVID-19 related fatality in Meghalaya, the state health department informed on Tuesday.

The doctor was admitted to Military Hospital on November 21 and had tested positive for the virus the same day. He died on November 30 after suffering from severe pneumonia with respiratory failure due to COVID-19 with coronary artery disease, chronic kidney disease, Type 2 diabetes and hypertension, the health department said.

Meghalaya has so far recored 112 COVID-19 related fatalities with 93 deaths in East Khasi Hills alone. The district's fatality rate has mounted to 1.31 per cent, while the state's fatality rate hovers around 0.94 per cent, it added.

Meanwhile, 65 new COVID-19 cases and 158 recoveries were recorded in the state in a day, pushing the state's coronavirus tally to 11,875.  Of the total cases, 669 are active while 11,094 have recovered from COVID-19. The recovery rate is 93.42 perc ent and the death rate 0.94 per cent, the health department said.

Of the new positive cases, 36 were in East Khasi Hills, 16 in East Garo Hills, seven in West Garo Hills, three in South West Garo Hills, two in South West Khasi Hills and one in West Jaiñtia Hills.

The new cases in East Khasi Hills included four health workers. In East Garo Hills, five cases were detected in the Williamnagar State Bank of India cluster, with the other 11 all being high-risk contacts.

The new recoveries on Tuesday included 70 from West Garo Hills with 44 from the Cherangre cluster alone, 65 from East Khasi Hills, eight each from East Jaiñtia Hills and South Garo Hills (all Siju cluster), four from Ri-Bhoi and three from South West Garo Hills

Around 1,900 COVID-19 samples were tested in a span of 24 hours, the highest figure reported since October 16, the Health Department added.

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First Published:Dec. 1, 2020, 9:50 p.m.

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