There were six Covid-related fatalities reported in Meghalaya today, the first time since the pandemic began that so many were recorded in 24 hours.
Unity Lapasam (71), of Shangpung in West Jaiñtia Hills, was admitted to NEIGRIHMS on April 26 and died on May 1. She was Covid-positive and had co-morbidities.
Phool Kumari (65), of Lapalang in Shillong, was admitted to NEIGRIHMS on April 21 and passed away on May 1. She was Covid-positive and had co-morbidities.
Delbora Marbaniang (61), of Lummawbah in Upper Shillong, was admitted to Dr H Gordon Roberts Hospital on April 29 and died yesterday. She was Covid-positive and had co-morbidities.
Sanku Das (57), of RR Colony in Shillong, was admitted to Woodland Hospital on April 25 and died yesterday. He was Covid-positive and had co-morbidities.
Jolan Thapa (30), of Barapathar in Shillong, was the youngest of the deaths. He was declared brought dead at Woodland Hospital today morning and was Covid-positive.
Ram Bahadur Biswa (56), of Upper Shillong, was admitted to Shillong Civil Hospital on May 1 and died today morning. He was Covid-positive and had co-morbidities.
The increasing curve of the virus has been noticed by the Union Health Ministry, which clubbed Meghalaya along with Assam and Manipur as states with worrying infection levels. “These states should take required precautionary measures,” the Joint Secretary, Lav Agarwal, said.
Meanwhile, there were 246 new cases of the disease in the state today of which 88 were among returnees.
East Khasi Hills accounted for 148 of the new infections – 52 among returnees, seven armed forces/paramilitaries, 54 high-risk contacts, 12 influenza-like illnesses (ILIs), three through screening, one health worker, one police personnel, two severe acute respiratory infections (SARIs), two in Barapathar, two in Golf Links, two in Happy Valley, one in Ïewduh, one in Jaiaw, one in Lumparing, one in Mawdiangdiang, one in Nongthymmai, one in Nongmynsong, one in Polo, two in Pynthorbah and one in Rilbong.
Ri-Bhoi reported 41 new cases (18 high-risk, 14 returnees, five ILIs, two in Byrnihat, one armed forces/paramilitaries, one police), East Jaiñtia Hills 19 (five returnees, five through screening, five ILIs, four high-risk), West Jaiñtia Hills 13 (six ILIs, four high-risk, three returnees), West Khasi Hills 10 (five through screening, two returnees, two police, one high-risk), South West Garo Hills 10 (nine returnees, one high-risk), West Garo Hills two (one returnee, one Phulbari), South West Khasi Hills two (both returnees) and North Garo Hills one (high-risk).
There were also 177 recoveries – 128 in East Khasi Hills, 24 in Ri-Bhoi, 11 in East Jaiñtia Hills, 10 in West Jaiñtia Hills and four in West Garo Hills.
There are now 1,884 active Covid-19 cases in the state. East Khasi Hills alone accounts for 1,206 active cases, Ri-Bhoi 194, West Garo Hills 122 and West Jaiñtia Hills 101.
In all, Meghalaya has had 17,675 Covid-19 cases, of which 1,884 are active, 15,606 have recovered and 185 have died from the virus. The recovery rate has fallen to 88.29 per cent. The fatality rate is 1.05 per cent. More than 3.07 lakh doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered as of today in the state.