SHILLONG, Aug 23: Meghalaya on Sunday witnessed a surge in COVID-19 cases with 106 new cases recorded and one more death taking the tally of fatalities due to the virus to eight.
Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman Warr informed that the deceased – Maheshwar Pratap Chaubey 84, a resident of Tikrikilla Market Area was admitted to Tura Civil Hospital, West Garo Hills on August 18 and passed away on Sunday at around 12:45 am.
Dr. Warr said, “The cause of death is acute respiratory distress syndrome with COVID-19. He also had co morbidities like heart disease, hypertension, epilepsy, diabetes and asthma.”
with the new cases the total number of active ones has reached 1133.
Of the new cases on Sunday, East Khasi Hills recorded the most with 64 (armed forces/paramilitary forces 26 and others 38), West Khasi Hills recorded 16 new cases, South Garo Hills – 10, West Garo Hills – 9 (armed forces/paramilitary forces – three and others – six), East Jaintia Hills – three, Ri-Bhoi – three and North Garo Hills – one.
The district wise break up of the active positive cases are – East Khasi Hills – 723 (armed forces/paramilitary forces – 267 and others – 456), West Garo Hills – 223 (armed forces/paramilitary forces – 146 and others – 77), Ri-Bhoi – 94 (armed forces/paramilitary forces – 26 and others – 68), West Khasi Hills – 44, East Jaintia Hills – 14, South Garo Hills – 12 (armed forces/paramilitary forces – other – two), North Garo Hills – 12, South West Garo Hills – four, East Garo Hills – three, West Jaintia Hills – three and South West Khasi Hills – one.
Dr. Warr also informed that the state recorded seven recoveries on Sunday, East Khasi Hills – three, Ri-Bhoi – two, North Garo Hills – one and East Jaintia Hils – one.
The Director of Health Services, informed that of the 38 new cases from the others category in East Khasi Hills – six are contacts of positive cases in Kamakhya Compound, Anjalee, 14 are high risk contacts, one is a returnee, 15 are contacts of two positive cases, one is a food handler at MATI corona care center, one is a patient in NEIGRIHMS.
In West Khasi Hills all the 16 new cases tested positive during random testing at Shahlang.
In West Garo Hills – out of the nine new cases, two are from the others category – one tested positive during random testing at Phulbari and another during random testing at Cheldupara.
In Ri-Bhoi out of the three fresh cases, one is a returnee and two are high risk contacts.
In East Jaintia Hills, all three new cases are returnees and the lone new case in North Garo Hills is of a high risk contact.
Dr. Warr also informed that there are 33 micro containment areas.