SHILLONG: Meghalaya recorded one more death due to COVID-19 during the last 24 hours taking the number of casualties due to the infection to 63 till date. Meanwhile, 139 new cases and 97 new recoveries were recorded on Sunday. With this, while the total number of active cases in the State is 2,478, the total recovered cases stand at 5,142, informed Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War.
The deceased — Samarjeet Gupta, 65 years — was a resident of Mahendraganj, Chapahati, PWD Colony in South West Garo Hills district. He was admitted in Civil Hospital, Amapati at 5:30 pm on October 10. He tested positive for COVID-19 the same day and expired at 6:20 pm that very day. "The cause of his death was acute respiratory distress syndrome with COVID-19 with bronchial asthma with hypertension," informed Dr War.
Of the 139 new cases, East Khasi Hills recorded 74 (Armed and paramilitary forces: two; civilians: 72); Ri-Bhoi: 25; West Garo Hills: 17; East Garo Hills: nine; South West Khasi Hills: five; South West Garo Hills: four; West Jaintia Hills and West Khasi Hills: two each; and South Garo Hills: one.
The district-wise break-up of COVID-19 cases in the civilians category are as follows: East Khasi Hills: High risk: 41; health worker: one; returnee: three.
Of them, one each has been identified in the following clusters: Anjali, Bishnupur, Golf Links, Jail Road, Lapalang, Madanryting, Nongmensong, Police Bazar, and Qualapatty; three from Mawlai Mawroh cluster; and five each from Laban, Pynthorumkhrah, and Wahingdoh clusters.
Ri-Bhoi: High risk: 23; health workers: two; West Garo Hills: High risk: 17; East Garo Hills: High risk: seven; police personnel: two; South West Khasi Hills: High risk: five; South West Garo Hills: High risk: four; West Jaintia Hills: High risk: two; West Khasi Hills: High risk: one; and police personnel: one; and South Garo Hills: High risk: one. The district-wise break up of the new recovered cases are as follows: East Khasi Hills: 61; Ri-Bhoi: 13; West Garo Hills: seven; South West Garo Hills: seven; East Jaintia Hills: six; and West Jaintia Hills: three.