Four more people died due to Covid-19 in Meghalaya today, the Health Department informed, making it the worst day in terms of coronavirus fatalities for the state this year.
Three of the fatalities were recorded in East Khasi Hills and the other in South Garo Hills.
Sahip A Sangma (26), of Baghmara in South Garo Hills, was admitted to Tura Civil Hospital yesterday evening. He died later in the night of Covid-19 pneumonia with chronic pulmonary infection.
Tympang Maya Tariang (58), originally of Nongtalang in West Jaiñtia Hills but living temporarily in Jaiaw Langsning in Shillong, was admitted to Bethany Hospital on Sunday evening and died today morning. Cause of death was Covid-19 pneumonia with multiple myeloma (a type of cancer) and severe anaemia.
Saralin Mylliem Umlong (45), of Umlyngka in East Khasi Hills, was admitted to Woodland Hospital today morning and died two hours later. Cause of death was severe Covid-19 pneumonia with Type 2 diabetes and hypertension.
Lomena Lyngdoh Mawlong (59), of Mawlai Mawkynroh in East Khasi Hills, was admitted to Supercare Hospital yesterday and passed away today morning. Cause of death was Covid-19 pneumonia with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock and Type 2 diabetes.
Meanwhile, another 147 cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the state today, with 47 of these being among returnees.
East Khasi Hills accounted for 90 of the new cases – 19 among returnees, four armed forces/paramilitaries, 22 high-risk contacts, one health worker, five influenza-like illnesses (ILIs), six through screening, one in Jaiaw, one in Jhalupara, two in Jail Road, two in Laban, four in Laitumkhrah, four in Mawlai, one in Mawprem, one in Nongmynsong, three in Nongrah, one in Nongrim Hills, three in Nongthymmai, three in Khyndailad, two in Polo, one in Rilbong, two in Rynjah and two in Umpling.
West Garo Hills reported 22 cases (14 returnees, seven high-risk, one heath worker), Ri-Bhoi 12 (seven returnees, three ILIs, two high-risk), East Jaiñtia Hills seven (five ILIs, one returnee, one through screening), West Khasi Hills five (three high-risk, two returnees), West Jaiñtia Hills four (two returnees, two ILIs), South Garo Hills three (all through screening), South West Garo Hills two (both ILIs), North Garo Hills one (returnee) and East Garo Hills one (returnee).
There were also 90 recoveries – 53 in East Khasi Hills, 16 in West Jaiñtia Hills, 11 in West Khasi Hills, seven in Ri-Bhoi, two in East Jaiñtia Hills and one in West Garo Hills.
There are now 1,456 active Covid-19 cases in the state. East Khasi Hills alone accounts for 1,055 active cases and Ri-Bhoi 143. West Jaiñtia Hills’ active cases have dropped below one hundred to 94.
In all, Meghalaya has had 16,271 Covid-19 cases, of which 1,456 are active, 14,650 have recovered and 165 have died from the virus. The recovery rate has fallen to 90.04 per cent. The fatality rate is 1.01 per cent.