Meghalaya's COVID-19 death toll rises to 123; total caseload 12,586

The state recorded 75 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the state's tally to 12,586 while the total number of recovered cases surged to 11,883 with 28 new recoveries on Thursday.


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A sixty eight-year-old man became the latest victim of COVID-19 related fatality in Meghalaya, taking the death toll to 123 in the state on Thursday, official sources said. 

The state recorded 75 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the state's tally to 12,586 while the total number of recovered cases surged to 11,883 with 28 new recoveries on Thursday, Meghalaya health services director Dr War said.

The new cases included 57 from East Khasi Hills district, five from West Jaintia Hills district, three each from West Garo Hills district and South Garo Hills district, two each from East Garo Hills district and South West Khasi Hills district, and one each from Ri Bhoi district, South West Garo Hills district and North Garo Hills district, Dr War said.

Among the new COVID-19 cases, seven are armed force/paramilitary force personnel (in East Khasi Hills), three police personnel (2 in East Khasi Hills and 1 in South Garo Hills), one health worker and five returnees ( in East Khasi Hills), the health director said. 

Of the 28 recovered patients, Dr War said that 14 are from East Khasi Hills, five from West Garo Hills, three from East Garo Hills, two each from Ri Bhoi, South Garo Hills and South West Khasi Hills.

Dr War said the fatality rate due to COVID-19 as on Wednesday is 0.98 per cent.

The number of active cases in Meghalaya stood at 580.

Of the total active cases, East Khasi Hills has 334 positive cases, West Garo Hills - 94, West Jaintia Hills - 54, Ri Bhoi - 24, East Garo Hills - 23, South West Garo Hills - 21, West Khasi Hills - 9, North Garo Hills - 8, East Jaintia Hills - 6, South West Khasi Hills - 4 and South Garo Hills - 3.

“Till date, swab samples of 2, 61,625 persons have been tested, of which 2,49,039 were found negative,” the senior medical official said.

There are 69,736 entrants from outside the state, Dr War added. 

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First Published:Dec. 10, 2020, 11:01 p.m.

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