Five more persons succumb to COVID-19 in Meghalaya, death toll surges to 233

Meghalaya reported 409 new COVID-19 positive cases on Monday.

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Five more persons succumbed to COVID-19 in Meghalaya, taking the death toll to 233, while the number of COVID-19 active cases crossed the 3000-mark after 409 more persons tested positive for the viral infection, Director of Health Services (MI) Dr Aman War said.

Meghalaya's COVID-19 caseload surged to 20,129 on Monday, including 3,062 active cases. 

Dr War said the new COVID-19 positive cases included 202 from East Khasi Hills district, 128 from Ri Bhoi, 25 from West Garo Hills, 20 from West Jaintia Hills, 19 from East Jaintia Hills, six each from West Khasi Hills and South Garo Hills and three from South West Garo Hills.  

The state also recorded 241 new recoveries, including 173 from East Khasi Hills, 21 from Ri Bhoi, 15 from East Garo Hills, 12 from West Garo Hills, 11 from West Jaintia Hills, four each from East Jaintia Hills and South West Khasi Hills and one from South Garo Hills. With these, the cumulative number of  recovered cases reached 16,834, Dr War said.

With 1,749 active COVID-19 cases, East Khasi Hills, that includes state capital Shillong is the worst affected district in the state, followed by Ri Bhoi with 459 cases, 247 West Garo Hills, 126 West Khasi Hills, 134 East Jaintia Hills, 120 in West Jaintia Hills, 81 South West Garo Hills, 55 South Garo Hills, 38 East Garo Hills, 36 North Garo Hills and 17 South West Khasi Hills.

On the other hand, a total of 4,87,843 persons have been tested for COVID-19 in the state till date, of which 4,67,714 tested negative. As many as 682 persons are in institutional quarantine while 2,380 people are under home quarantine, sources said. 

Meanwhile, 26,979 healthcare workers have received the first dose of Covishield vaccine and 19,107 have received the second dose, while 57,382 frontline workers got the first dose of the vaccine and 25,965 got the second dose as on Monday.

Moreover, 1,96,684 persons from among the general public were vaccinated with the first dose and 24,340 were inoculated with the second dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 across the state, the sources added. 

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First Published:May 10, 2021, 10:30 p.m.

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