Three more succumb to COVID-19 in Meghalaya

Shillong: Meghalaya on Monday registered three more deaths due to illness related to COVID-19, taking the death toll in the State to 37. It was also informed that 73 new cases of the virus were detected, taking the active case count up to 2,169.

A resident of Jail Road passed away at Nazareth hospital on September 19, while another person died at the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) hospital on the same day, Director of Health Services (MI), Dr Aman War said

Meanwhile, out of the 73 new cases of COVID-19, officials informed that 59 were detected from East Khasi Hills district, 12 from West Garo Hills district, 1 each from North Garo Hills district and West Jaintia Hills district.

The official source also said that at least six health workers were tested positive in the state of which one is a doctor from Woodland hospital and a health worker, who got tested at NEIGRIHMS are from East Khasi Hills while 8 health workers are from Holy Cross hospital in Tura.

The others include 48 high risk contacts, 6 armed forces and paramilitary forces (AF/PF) personnel and 3 returnees from East Khasi Hills, 4 AF/PF from West Garo Hills, 1 returnee from North Garo Hills and 1 high risk contact in West Jaintia Hills.

Meanwhile, 15 more patients, including 6 from West Garo Hills, 4 from Ri Bhoi, 3 from South West Garo Hills and 2 from East Jaintia Hills, have recovered from the viral infection.

The state so far has recorded a total of 4,734 positive cases of which 2,169 are active, 2,527 recovered and 38 deaths.

East Khasi Hills, where the state capital is located, is the worst affected district with 1,569 active cases, that includes 1,324 civilians and 245 AF/PF personnel, followed by East Jaintia Hills with 273 cases, 138 in Ri Bhoi, 129 in West Garo Hills, 14 in South West Garo HIlls, 13 in West Khasi Hills, 10 in West Jaintia Hills, 8 in South Garo Hills, 6 in South West Khasi HIlls, 5 in East Garo Hills and 4 in North Garo Hills.

Till date, a total of 1,33,259 samples have been sent for testing of which 1,27, 589 were found to be negative while test results of 937 are awaited. There are 38,953 entrants from outside the state.

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