Meghalaya recorded another 173 new cases of Covid-19 today, the highest figure in the past one month. There were also two deaths from the disease reported in East Khasi Hills, taking the district’s total fatalities to 87.
Limos S Majaw (77) of Pynthorbah, Shillong, was found to be Covid-positive on Monday and was admitted to Dr H Gordon Roberts Hospital. He passed away yesterday afternoon of Covid-19 with acute respiratory distress syndrome, hypertension, hypothyroidism and moderate anaemia.
Dr Paitbha Syngkon (66) of Jowai tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday and was admitted to Woodland Hospital in Shillong. The retired government doctor passed away the same evening. His cause of death was Covid-19 pneumonia with Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and coronary artery disease.
There have been a total of 106 fatalities from the disease in Meghalaya now, of which 18 have come this month. The statewide fatality rate is 0.95 percent, with that of East Khasi Hills now 1.30 percent.
In good news the last remaining case of Covid-19 in South West Khasi Hills was declared to have recovered, while Ri-Bhoi’s number of active cases dropped below 100.
However, cases went up by significant margins in East Khasi Hills (97) and West Garo Hills (60).
Seven health workers tested positive in East Khasi Hills, along with new cases in various clusters – Mawlai Umthlong (11), Nongthymmai (four), Rilbong (three), Umpling (three), Happy Valley (two), Madanrting (two), Jail Road (one), Lumparing (one), Mawlai Kynton Massar (one), Mawlai Nongkwar (one), Nongmynsong (one) and Nongrim (one).
In West Garo Hills there were another 24 cases in the Cherangre cluster along with 12 in St Peter’s School and two in Dobasipara.
Six out of the eight new infections in South Garo Hills were in the Siju Damikgittim cluster.
The other districts to report new Covid-19 cases were East Jaiñtia Hills (four), East Garo Hills (two), Ri-Bhoi (one) and South West Garo Hills (one).
The new recoveries were divided between Ri-Bhoi (41), East Khasi Hills (19), East Jaiñtia Hills (10), South Garo Hills (four), West Garo Hills (four), South West Garo Hills (three), South West Khasi Hills (one), North Garo Hills (one) and East Garo Hills (one).
There are now 888 active coronavirus cases in Meghalaya out of a total of 11,152. The total number of recoveries now stands at 10,158.
The Health Department also informed that around 1,500 Covid-19 tests were carried out in the past 24 hours.