Meghalaya: COVID-19 death climbs to 38, state records 73 new cases

SHILLONG, Sep 21: Meghalaya recorded another two COVID-19 deaths taking the tally to 38, both from East Khasi Hills district, health authorities informed on Monday. 

Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War, informed that on September 19, Jyotikha Ghosh of Upper Jail Road 46 years who was shifted from Woodland Hospital to Nazareth Hospital. 

She had initially tested positive for the virus at Woodland Hospital. She however, died on the same day at around 6:20 pm at Nazareth Hospital. 

According to Dr. War as per the Nazareth Hospital authorities she died of COVID-19 with severe anaemia. 

Another death that occurred at North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) on September 19 was that of one Jyotimoi Sharma 48 years of Tripura. 

The deceased was admitted to NEIGRIHMS on September 8, where he tested positive for COVID-19 and expired on September 19 at 5 pm, Dr. War said. 

The Director of Health Services also informed that on Monday evening they received information that one Ranjit Kumar Das 75 years a COVID-19 patient from Karimganj, Assam had gone to NEIGHRIMS on September 20 for treatment. 

“He expired on Monday at around 10 am. His death will not be counted in Meghalaya because he had tested positive for the virus in Assam,” Dr. War said. 

Meanwhile, Meghalaya recorded 73 new COVID-19 cases, with East Khasi Hills accounting for the most with 59 (armed and paramilitary forces six, others 53), West Khasi Hills 12 (armed and paramilitary forces four and others eight), North Garo Hills and West Jaintia Hills one each. 

Meghalaya also reported 15 new recovered cases on Monday, West Garo Hills district six, Ri-Bhoi four, South West Garo Hills three and East Jaintia Hills two. 

The number of samples sent for testing till date are 133259, the number of tests which were negative are 127589 and reports of 937 samples are awaited. 

The number of people who have entered the state till date are 38953.