Meghalaya recorded another Covid-19 death, the Health Department informed today, taking the death toll in the state linked to the disease to 144.
Abdul Gaffar Laskar (65), of Silchar, Assam, was brought to NEIGRIHMS as an emergency case on January 11. He had been suffering from abdominal pain for almost a month and was unconscious for around three hours before arrival at the hospital. After a medical examination, doctors advised his family to implant a pacemaker but the family declined. A Covid-19 test conducted on the patient returned a positive result. Laskar then suffered a heart attack and could not be revived despite all resuscitative measures. He was declared dead just past midnight on January 12.
The total number of Covid fatalities in East Khasi Hills is now 118. The district’s fatality rate is 1.39 per cent.
There were also 18 new cases and nine recoveries from the virus reported today.
Of the new cases today, East Khasi Hills accounted for 13 while West Jaiñtia Hills reported five.
All five cases in West Jaiñtia Hills were from the Psiar cluster. In East Khasi Hills three were in Pohkseh, two each in Rynjah and Nongthymmai and one each in Bishnupur and Laitumkhrah.
The recoveries were reported from East Khasi Hills (eight) and West Jaiñtia Hills (one).
In all, Meghalaya has had 13,670 Covid-19 cases, of which 160 are active, 13,366 have recovered and 144 have died from the virus. The recovery rate has declined to 97.78 percent while the fatality rate is 1.05 per cent.
The Health Department also informed that around 1,650 Covid tests were carried out in the state in the last 24 hours.