Meghalaya recorded one more Covid-19 death, taking the number of fatalities to 59, with eight reported this month so far.
The deceased was identified as Manoranjan Deb (55) of Mawbah, who was admitted to NEIGRIHMS on September 26 where he tested positive and was moved to the Covid ICU. His health then deteriorated and Deb suffered cardiac arrest yesterday and was declared dead at 4:38pm. The cause of death was listed as Type 1 respiratory failure with Covid-19 pneumonia. He also had co-morbidities, like diabetes, hypertension and recurrent stroke.
There were 111 new Covid-19 cases recorded in the state today, with 72 in East Khasi Hills, 19 in Ri-Bhoi, 10 in East Jaiñtia Hills, six in West Garo Hills, two in West Jaiñtia Hills and one each in South West Garo Hills and South West Khasi Hills. The total number of active cases has increased slightly from Sunday to 2,217.
In East Khasi Hills, high-risk contacts made up 24 new infections, while there were reports of new cases in existing clusters – 14 in Mawlai Nonglum, 10 in Mawprem, two in Bishnupur, six in Goraline, one in IGP, one in Jaiaw, one in Laban, two in Lummawbah, one in Madanrting, one in Oakland, one in Rilbong and one in Rynjah. There were also two health workers and one returnee who tested positive.
High-risk contacts accounted for 12 new infections in Ri-Bhoi, 10 in East Jaiñtia Hills, six in West Garo Hills, two in West Jaiñtia Hills and one in North Garo Hills. One health worker and four returnees were found with the virus in Ri-Bhoi.
The state also recorded 98 recoveries today – 82 in East Khasi Hills, seven in Ri-Bhoi, five in East Jaiñtia Hills, three in West Garo Hills and one in West Khasi Hills.
There are now 1,566 active cases in East Khasi Hills, 274 in Ri-Bhoi, 198 in West Garo Hills, 38 in East Jaiñtia Hills, 37 in South West Garo Hills, 30 in West Jaiñtia Hills, 24 in North Garo Hills, 16 in South West Khasi Hills, 14 in East Garo Hills and 10 each in West Khasi Hills and South Garo Hills. Thirty-seven Covid cases among armed forces/paramilitaries were transferred from East Khasi Hills to Ri-Bhoi and the figures for these districts were adjusted accordingly.
The number of samples sent for testing till Monday afternoon are 1,60,779, out of which 1,54,012 were negative. The number of people who have entered Meghalaya since coronavirus restrictions were put in place stands at 44,288.