September has been far and away the worst month for Meghalaya in the battle against Covid-19 with 50 per cent of all its infections recorded in the first 21 days of the month.
Today’s addition of 73 new cases pushed the total number of infections to 4,736, of which 2,363 were recorded this month. There have also been 2,527 recoveries and 38 fatalities (28 this month).
One Covid-positive patient from Karimganj, Assam died at NEIGRIHMS this morning, but as the infection was diagnosed first in Assam it will not count towards Meghalaya’s statistics. The deceased was identified as Ranjit Kumar Das (75), who died of Type 1 respiratory failure with Covid pneumonia and septic shock.
However, two fatalities from Saturday were counted as Covid deaths and included in today’s report.
Juthika Ghosh (45), of Upper Jail Road, passed away at Nazareth Hospital, while Jyotimoy Sharma (48), of Tripura, died at NEIGRIHMS.
Ghosh had been referred to Nazareth Hospital from Woodland Hospital after testing positive on September 18. She died the day after due to due to Covid with severe anemia and cerebral vascular accident.
Sharma was admitted to NEIGRHIMS on September 8 with a history of loss of consciousness and respiratory problems. He passed away on due to septic shock with Type 1 respiratory failure and Covid pneumonia.
Today’s new infections include 59 from East Khasi Hills (six armed forces/paramilitaries, 53 civilians), of which 48 were high-risk contacts and a Woodland Hospital doctor.
Twelve new cases were also reported from West Garo Hills, including four jawans and eight health workers from Tura’s Holy Cross Hospital, while one returnee in North Garo Hills and a high-risk contact in West Jaiñtia Hills also tested positive.
Meghalaya now has 2,169 active cases.
There were also 15 recoveries in the state – six in West Garo Hills, four in Ri-Bhoi, three in South West Garo Hills and two in East Jaiñtia Hills.
The number of samples sent for testing till date is 1,33,259 out of which 1,27,589 tested negative and 937 test results are awaited.
Till date, as many as 38,953 entrants who came from outside the state have been registered.