2 lives lost to Covid

Staff Reporter

Shillong, Dec 2: Covid has claimed the lives of another two people in Meghalaya taking the total death toll in the state to 114 as of today.

66-year-old Mani Bhadra Chakma of Unakoti, Tripura and 55-year-old Pyrkhat Dkhar of Jowai, West Jaintia Hills district passed away at the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) hospital on November 28, Director of Health Services (MI) Dr Aman War informed.

Chakma tested positive for Covid-19 on being admitted at the hospital on November 19. “He however expired at 2.25 on November 28, due to respiratory failure with multi organ dysfunction syndrome with Covid pneumonia with hypertension with CKD with diabetes mellitus,” Dr War said.

“Dkhar, who was also found positive for Covid on November 3 before he was admitted in the hospital on November 8, passed away at 10.52 pm on the same day. The cause of death was due to refractory septic shock with Covid pneumonia with CAD with hypothyroidism,” Dr War said.

Meanwhile, the state has also detected 79 new positive Covid cases while 60 more persons were also declared as recovered Covid patients today.

He said the new cases include 53 from East Khasi Hills district, 23 West Garo Hills district, 1 East Jaintia Hills district, 1 Ri Bhoi district and 1 West Jaintia Hills district.

Of the 60 recovered patients, Dr War said 40 are from East Khasi Hills, 8 West Garo Hills, 5 South Garo Hills, 3 South West Garo Hills, 2 West Khasi Hills, 1 East Garo Hills and 1 Ri Bhoi.

So far, the state has detected a total of 11,954 Covid cases out of which 686 are active cases, 11,154 recovered while 114 people have succumbed to this virulent scourge.

Dr War said the Covid fatality rate in Meghalaya is 0.95 percent.

Of the total active cases, East Khasi Hills has 387 positive cases, West Garo Hills 153, Ri Bhoi 30, East Garo Hills 28, South Garo Hills 26, South West Garo Hills 21, West Jaintia Hills 19, West Khasi Hills 8, North Garo Hills 7, East Jaintia Hills 5 and South West Khasi Hills 2.

“Till date, swab samples of 2,45,177 persons have been tested of which 2,33,223 were found negative,” Dr War said while adding that so far 66,347 people have entered the state.