Meghalaya's COVID-19 death toll rises to 144; 18 more test positive

COVID-19 claimed one more life in Meghalaya on Wednesday.

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COVID-19 on Wednesday claimed one more life in Meghalaya, taking the death toll to 144, state Director of Health Services (MI) Dr Aman War said.

“The immediate cause of the death was due to trifascicular block cardiac arrest while the antecedent cause was covid positive,” he said.

The COVID-19 caseload in Meghalaya surged to 13,669 as 18 new COVID-19 cases were recorded on Wednesday, Dr War said.

The new positive cases included 13 from East Khasi Hills district and five from West Jaintia Hills district, he said

Meanwhile, nine more persons recuperated from the infection on Wednesday. With the new recoveries, the number of recovered cases rose to  13,365 and the number of active cases stood at 160, Dr War added.

Among the active COVID-19 cases in the state, 116 cases are in East Khasi Hills, 30 in West Jaintia Hills, four in North Garo Hills, three each in Ri Bhoi and East Jaintia Hills, two in West Khasi Hills, and one in West Garo Hills.

A total of 3,12,221 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the state so far, of which 2,98,552 tested negative even as 57 persons are in institutional quarantine and 102 under home quarantine.

There are 82,340 entrants from outside the state, Dr War added.

First Published:Jan. 13, 2021, 11:25 p.m.

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