West Garo Hills reported its seventh Covid-19 related fatality this month, taking it to a total of nine. The statewide death count from the disease now stands at 101.
Sumikson D Sangma (60), of Tura, was admitted to Tura Civil Hospital yesterday and died later the same day. The cause of death was hypoxic encephalopathy (brain injury due to oxygen deprivation) with Covid-19, Type 2 diabetes and hypertension.
West Garo Hills now accounts for more than half of the 13 Covid-19 deaths in the state reported in November. Apart from its tally of seven, East Khasi Hills has witnessed five coronavirus deaths and Ri-Bhoi one. However, West Garo Hills’ overall fatality rate is still comparatively low at 0.67 percent of its 1,337 Covid-19 cases, below the state average of 0.94 percent.
Meanwhile, there were 41 new cases recorded in the state today, along with 78 recoveries.
Of the new infections, East Khasi Hills accounted for 17, West Garo Hills 14, Ri-Bhoi six, South West Garo Hills three and North Garo Hills one.
The new recoveries were divided between East Khasi Hills (24), Ri-Bhoi (17), West Garo Hills (13), East Jaiñtia Hills (nine), West Jaiñtia Hills (nine), East Garo Hills (four) and South West Garo Hills (two).
There are currently 933 active Covid-19 cases in Meghalaya, out of 10,706 total infections. There have been 9,672 recoveries.
The Health Department also informed that roughly 1,000 Covid-19 tests were carried out in the past 24 hours.