SHILLONG: Meghalaya on Monday recorded two more COVID-19 deaths, taking the total to 28, informed health authorities.
On Monday, Meghalaya recorded 139 new COVID-19 cases with East Khasi Hills recording the most - 124 (Armed and paramilitary forces: 39; civilians: 85); Ri-Bhoi: 12; East Jaintia Hills: two; and West Garo Hills: one. As on date, the State has 1, 686 active cases.
The State also recorded 76 recoveries on Monday with East Khasi Hills registering 48 (Armed and paramilitary forces: 14; civilians 34); Ri-Bhoi: 19; East Jaintia Hills: five; and West Garo Hills: four (Armed and paramilitary forces: one; civilians three). The total recovered cases is now 2,151.
Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War informed that the first death reported was that of Iohbor Kharsohnoh (46 years) of the Seven Mile area. "The patient was brought to Bethany Hospital, at around 7:20 on Monday morning after he was sick for the past one week. He was referred to NEIGRIHMS; but he died in the ambulance while on the way there. He was brought back to Bethany for sanitisation of the body. He had acute respiratory distress syndrome with COVID-19, acute gastroenteritis and lower respiratory tract infection," informed Dr War. The second death was that of Binod Kumar Goenka (66 years) of Paltan Bazar. He was referred from the Super Care Hospital to NEIGRIHMS on August 25. "The cause of his death was Type-I respiratory failure with COVID-19 pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. He died at around 12:40 in the afternoon. He had co-morbidities like Type-II Diabetes Myelitis and hypertension, informed Dr. War.
In Raj Bhavan, 150 samples have been tested so far. Though the Secretary to the Governor, Pravin Bakshi had tested negative through CBNAAT, he tested positive in the RTCPR conducted by the Health authorities. It may be mentioned that there are 41 COVID-19 cases in the Raj Bhavan even as the Governor Satya Pal Malik tested negative for the virus.
Dr. War also informed that one person in the Chief Minister's bunglow had tested positive for the virus. So far, 70 samples have been tested there.
Moreover, Cabinet Minister James Sangma, who had tested positive through the Rapid Antigen Test at the Imphal Airport on Saturday, has tested positive again through RTCPR in Shillong. The test reports of Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong which were done both by RT-PCR and CBNAAT came out negative. It may be mentioned that he accompanied Chief Minister Conrad Sangma to Delhi last week. The Chief Minister also got himself tested on Monday. The result was negative.
The number of samples sent for testing till date are 1,15,901. The reports which tested negative are 1,11,073 and reports of 964 are being awaited. The number of persons who have entered Meghalaya till date are 36,202.
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