Meghalaya recorded two more Covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the tally of fatalities to 42, the Health Department informed today.
Raina Begum (68), of Mahendraganj, died at Ampati Civil Hospital in South West Garo Hills’ first fatality from the virus on Tuesday morning. She had previously had a stroke and was suffering from other ailments.
The other victim was Deepak Dutta (75), of Circuit House, Kenches Trace, Shillong, who died in the early hours of Wednesday at NEIGRIHMS.
“He died due to Type 1 respiratory failure, Covid-19 shock and pneumonia and other chronic diseases,” Director of Health Services Dr Aman War said.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya reported 170 new cases of Covid-19 today, the highest the level has been since September 15. There were also 153 recoveries, making it the second day in a row where more than 150 recoveries were recorded, with yesterday’s count standing at 179.
Dr War said that the state now has a total of 2,060 active cases. There have also been 2,859 recoveries.
Today’s new cases comprised 117 in East Khasi Hills (of which one was a member of the armed forces/paramilitaries and the others civilians), 37 in Ri-Bhoi, five each in West Garo Hills and North Garo Hills and three each in West Jaiñtia Hills and East Jaiñtia Hills.
The 153 recoveries were broken down to 113 in East Khasi Hills, 17 each in West Garo Hills and Ri-Bhoi, three in South West Garo Hills, two in East Jaiñtia Hills and one in South Garo Hills.
With fewer new infections compared to recoveries West Garo Hills’ tally of active cases dropped below 100 to 95.
The number of samples sent for testing until Wednesday afternoon was 1,36,932, out of which 1,31,971 yielded negative results.
The number of people who have entered the state since Covid restrictions came into force was 39,808 until Wednesday afternoon.