Shillong, Sep 17 : Meghalaya recorded a further three deaths from Covid-19 in the preceding 24 hours, taking the death toll from the virus to 32.
Tiwani Thapa (74) had been admitted to Bethany Hospital on September 8 where she tested positive. Her condition deteriorated and she was moved to Shillong Civil Hospital yesterday evening and breathed her last that same night. She had Covid-19 pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome and septic shock, Director of Health Services Dr Aman War said today, and suffered from diabetes, hypertension and a heart ailment.
Another death reported that night was that of Lawrence Lyngkhoi (72) of Shyiap, who was brought dead to Supercare Hospital. His sample was tested twice, the second time at the insistence of his family, and both were positive for coronavirus. His body was taken to Shillong Civil Hospital and the funeral was held today.
The third victim was one Dili Thapa (60) of Mawbah, who died at NEIGRIHMS today morning. He was a cancer patient and had been admitted to the hospital on September 14.
“The immediate cause of death was Type I respiratory failure with Covid-19 pneumonia, sepsis and cancer,” Dr War said.
Meanwhile, the state recorded a further 161 new cases with East Khasi Hills accounting for 105 – 103 of which were civilians and two from the armed forces/paramilitaries. East Jaiñtia Hills registered 28, West Garo Hills 12 (six jawans, six civilians), Ri-Bhoi nine, South West Garo Hills three, East Garo Hills two, West Khasi Hills one and South West Khasi Hills one. The total active cases in the state are now 1,983.
There were also 78 fresh recoveries from the disease, taking the total to 2,342. There were 37 in East Khasi Hills (one jawan, 36 civilians), 29 in West Garo Hills (one jawan, 28 civilians), four in West Jaiñtia Hills, three in North Garo Hills, three in Ri-Bhoi and one each in South West Khasi Hills and South West Garo Hills.
There are now 1,319 active cases in East Khasi Hills (245 jawans, 1,074 civilians), 265 in East Jaiñtia Hills, 166 in Ri-Bhoi (47 jawans, 119 civilians), 160 in West Garo Hills (70 jawans, 90 civilians), 18 in South Garo Hills, 14 in South West Garo Hills, 13 in West Khasi Hills, 10 in West Jaiñtia Hills, eight in North Garo Hills and five each in South West Khasi Hills and East Garo Hills.
The samples sent for testing until Thursday afternoon were 1,27,571 out of which 1,22,348 tested negative while the reports of 867 are awaited.
The number of people who have entered Meghalaya since Covid-19 restrictions were put in place is 37,445.