COVID-19 death toll in Meghalaya climbs to 28

The state reported two more deaths due to COVID-19 on Monday.

The number of deaths due to COVID-19 in Meghalaya rose by another two fatalities on Monday. This takes the death toll to 28 even as 139 new paitents were reported in the same period, taking the total count to 1,686.

A person from Upper Shillong was declared brought dead to North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), while another person from Paltan Bazar passed in the same hospital here, the Director of Health Services (MI), Dr Aman Warr said. 

Of the new cases, Dr Warr said 124, including 85 civilians and 39 armed forces/paramilitary forces (AF/PF) personnel, were detected from East Khasi Hills district, 1 from West Garo Hills district, 12 from Ri Bhoi district and 2 from East Jaintia Hills district.

The cases from East Khasi Hills include 66 high risk cases, 39 AF/PF, 10 Laban cluster, 6 Golflink cluster, and 3 severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) cases while 8 high risk cases, 3 returnees and 1 cement factory cluster from Ri Bhoi, 2 high risk cases in East Jaintia Hills and 1 returnee in West Garo Hills.

Dr Warr also informed that 76 more persons -including 48 from East Khasi Hills, 4 from West Garo Hills, 19 from Ri Bhoi and 5 from East Jaintia Hills, have recovered from the viral infection today.

So far, the state has recorded a total of 3,865 positive cases out of which 1,686 are active, 2,151 recovered and 28 have died due to the disease.

East Khasi Hills has the highest number of active cases with 1,124 cases that include 884 civilians and 240 AF/PF, followed by West Garo Hills with 198 cases, 145 in East Jaintia HIlls, 130 in Ri Bhoi, 20 in South Garo Hills, 17 in East Garo Hills, 14 in West Khasi Hills, 13 in West Jaintia Hills, 12 in North Garo Hills, 8 in South West Garo Hills and 5 in South West Khasi Hills.

Till date, a total of 1, 15,901 samples have been tested of which 1, 11,073 were found to be negative while test results of 964 are awaited. There are 36,202 entrants from outside the state.

First Published:Sept. 14, 2020, 11:23 p.m.

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