Meghalaya records 10 COVID-19 deaths and 111 new cases

SHILLONG, Aug 28: The State saw a surge in COVID-19 cases with 111 new infections out of which 89 are from the others category, the Health Department informed on Friday.

The State has also added another death to it’s tally of fatalities. The total death due to the virus is now 10.

It may be mentioned that a COVID-19 positive woman Kanchan Singh (67) of Mawbah who had co-morbidities died on July 23.

However, initially it was not counted as death due to COVID-19.

East Khasi Hills recorded the maximum number of cases with 47 (armed/paramilitary forces 2 and others 45), East Jaintia Hills – 32, West Garo Hills – 23, North Garo Hills – three, East Jaintia Hills – three, Ri-Bhoi – two and West Khasi Hills – one.

With these fresh cases, the total number of active cases has gone up to 1272.

The district wise break up of the active cases are, East Khasi Hills – 885 (armed/paramilitary forces – 284, others – 601), West Garo Hills – 158 (armed/paramilitary forces – 98, others-60), East Garo Hills – 71, Ri-Bhoi 70 (armed/paramilitary forces – seven, others – 63), West Khasi Hills – 44, East Jaintia Hills – 15, North Garo Hills – 13, South Garo Hills – 11(all from the armed/paramilitary forces), South West Garo Hills – three and West Jaintia Hills – two.

The State also recorded 59 recoveries on Friday, West Garo Hills – 52 and East Khasi Hills – seven. The total number of recoveries has gone up to 958.

Of the cases recorded in the other’s category, in East Khasi Hills – 43 are high risk contacts, one is a SARI case and one case was recorded in the out patient department of Bethany Hospital.

In East Garo Hills 32 cases were recorded – 31 in Rongjeng Market random testing and one in Nangapa random testing, West Garo Hills of the four cases in the other’s category tested positive in Phulbari cluster, North Garo Hills all three are high risk contacts, in West Khasi Hills, one tested positive at Malangkona Police Outpost and in Ri-Bhoi one high risk contact tested positive.

The number of samples sent for testing till date are 84, 038, the number of samples which tested negative are 81, 146 and report of 652 samples are awaited.

Dr. Warr also informed that that 61 pregnant women and 877 new borns died between April and July this year.

The Director of Health Services has therefore urged pregnant mothers to register themselves with nearest health centres so that those data available with the government will be used to help such women when in need.