Meghalaya recorded another two Covid-related deaths today, as well as setting another 2021 record for new Coronavirus cases, with 347 infections reported.
Munni Ruddil Ahmed (83), of Nongpoh, was admitted to Shillong Civil Hospital on May 1 and died yesterday afternoon. Cause of death was acute respiratory distress syndrome, Covid pneumonia and Type 2 diabetes.
Aroti Das (50), of Ichamati in East Khasi Hills, died at home today. A sample was taken and came back positive for Covid-19.
The total number of recoveries passed 16,000 today, but new infections continue to outpace recoveries, causing a continuous fall in the recovery rate. Fourteen health workers tested positive today, including 10 in East Khasi Hills.
East Khasi Hills accounted for 177 of the new infections – 17 among returnees, four armed forces/paramilitaries, 67 high-risk contacts, 44 influenza-like illnesses (ILIs), three through screening, 10 health workers, 14 severe acute respiratory infections (SARIs), one in Golf Links, one in Bishnupur, one in Happy Valley, one in Laitumkhrah, one in Lummawbah, one in Lumparing, three in Mawlai, one in Mawpat, two in Nongthymmai, two in Khyndailad, three in Smit and one in Umpling.
Ri-Bhoi reported 56 new cases (36 high-risk, 10 in Umran, six through screening, two ILIs, one armed forces/paramilitaries, one health worker), West Khasi Hills 23 (13 in Nongprut, six high-risk, three returnees, one through screening), West Garo Hills 22 (seven high-risk, six returnees, five through screening, three armed forces/paramilitaries, one health worker), South Garo Hills 20 (19 through screening, one health worker), East Jaiñtia Hills 15 (12 ILIs, one high-risk, one returnee, one through screening), West Jaiñtia Hills 11 (10 through screening, one returnee), South West Garo Hills seven (four returnees, two high-risk, one ILI), North Garo Hills four (three through screening, one health worker) and South West Khasi Hills two (both high-risk).
There were also 129 recoveries – 89 in East Khasi Hills, 14 in Ri-Bhoi, 10 in West Garo Hills, nine in West Jaiñtia Hills, five in East Jaiñtia Hills and two in South West Khasi Hills.
There are now 2,351 active Covid-19 cases in the state. East Khasi Hills alone accounts for 1,464 active cases, Ri-Bhoi 240, West Garo Hills 172, East Jaiñtia Hills 104, West Khasi Hills 103 and West Jaiñtia Hills 102.
In all, Meghalaya has had 18,630 Covid-19 cases, of which 2,351 are active, 16,086 have recovered and 193 have died from the virus. The recovery rate has fallen to 86.35 per cent. The fatality rate is 1.04 per cent.