COVID-19: Meghalaya records two more fatalities, toll stands at 143

Shillong, Jan 8: Meghalaya on Friday recorded two more fatalities due to COVID-19 taking the number to 143, health authorities informed.

Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War informed that, both the deaths were recorded in North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS).

Dr. War said that the first casualty reported was that of Rina Dutta (55) of Tripura was admitted to NEIGRIHMS on January 6 and died on the same day at 6:33 pm.

According to Dr. War as per NEIGRIHMS diagnosis, the immediate cause of death was severe aortic stenosis with severe pulmonar hypertension, cardio respiratory arrest and cardioembolic stroke with seizure, antecedent case was COVID-19 pneumonia and contributing cause was rheumatic heart disease.

The second death recorded was that of Namita Deka (31), of Police Reserve, Shillong.

Dr. War said that she tested positive for COVID-19 and expired on January 6, at around 8:59 pm.

According to the Director of Health Services the immediate cause of death was malignant cachexia and the antecedent cause was advance stage Ca rectum and uremic encephalopathy.

Dr. War also informed that the state recorded 24 new cases and five new recoveries.

The state now has 155 active cases and a total of 13262 recovered cases.

Of the new cases – 21 were recorded in East Khasi Hills, and one each in East Jaintia Hills, North Garo Hills and South Garo Hills.

Of the five recovered cases – four were recorded in East Khasi Hills and one in West Garo Hills.

The number of persons tested for COVID-19 till Friday afternoon is 3, 05, 124 out of which 2, 91, 564 persons tested negative.

Till Friday a total of 80, 816 persons have entered Meghalaya since travelling was eased.