Four fatalities in the past 24 hours have taken Meghalaya’s death toll from Covid-19 to 68.
All four deaths were reported in East Khasi Hills, three of whom were female.
Briefing the press on the fatalities, Director of Health Services Dr Aman War said that Indu Dev Sahni (40), of Jhalupara, Beat House, was declared brought dead at Nazareth Hospital at around 11:40pm yesterday. She had complained of breathlessness. A Covid test on her remains came back positive for the virus.
Iohhun Khongkrom (18) was the youngest of the four victims. She hailed from Pynursla and had been admitted to Ganesh Das Hospital in Shillong since September 28, staying there until October 10 following which she was referred to NEIGRIHMS.
Khongkrom was administered a Rapid Antigen Test at Ganesh Das Hospital and this came back negative. However, in NEIGRIHMS she was tested using the CBNAAT and this time her sample was positive for the coronavirus. She then expired yesterday at 2pm due to septic shock with severe sepsis, acute kidney injury and Covid-19.
The third woman who succumbed to Covid was identified as Ginalin Kurkalang (33), of Fifth Mile, Upper Shillong. She had been admitted to Dr H Gordon Roberts Hospital yesterday after complaining of breathlessness. She expired today morning of Covid-19 with acute respiratory distress syndrome, acute renal failure and Type 1 diabetes.
The fourth fatality was Morning Niangti (80) of Qualapatty. He was admitted to Dr H Gordon Roberts Hospital on October 9 and passed away today afternoon.
“His cause of death was Covid-19 pneumonia with acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock and Type 2 diabetes,” Dr War informed.