Active COVID-19 cases breach 1000 mark; one more die in M’laya

Shillong, Aug 22 | Publish Date: 8/22/2020 12:41:21 PM IST

Another COVID-19 patient died in Meghalaya taking  the number of fatalities to seven, even as active cases crossed 1000 mark with 93 new COVID-19 cases reported on Saturday. The active cases currently stand at to 1,035.

 Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War informed that a 58-year-old man Ram Bashan Rai from Shillong died of COVID-19 late Friday night at Civil Hospital Shillong.

He said the patient was diagnosed with SARI and was referred from private-run Woodland Hospital to Civil Hospital, Shillong.

“Cause of death for the 58-year-old male was acute respiratory disorder syndrome due to COVID-19 and he also had underlying ailments, including diabetes and hypertension," Dr. War said.

Out of these new cases, War said 66, including 45 civilians and 21 personnel from the armed forces and paramilitary forces, were detected in East Khasi Hills district, the most affected COVID-19 district in the State.

Furthermore, he informed that new cases detected from other districts include- ten in West Khasi Hills, nine (five civilians and four personnel from armed forces and paramilitary forces) in West Garo Hills, four in East Jaintia Hills, besides two each in North Garo Hills and Ri-Bhoi.

"Twenty more patients, which includes 15 (12 personnel from armed force and paramilitary forces and three civilians) three in West Garo Hills (two civilians and one armed forces and para military forces) in East Khasi Hills, besides one each in Ri-Bhoi and East Jaintia Hills recovered from the viral infection, taking the number of recoveries to 769," War said.

Giving a breakup of active COVID 19 cases in district wise, War informed East Khasi Hills recorded 662 (419 civilians and 243 personnel from armed forces and paramilitary), 215 in West Garo Hills, 93 in Ri-Bhoi, 28 in West Khasi Hills, four in South West Garo Hills, three in West Jaintia Hills, two in South Garo Hills, one in South West Khasi Hills, besides 12 each in North Garo Hills and East Jaintia Hills.

Of the 72,409 swab samples sent for testing till date, 70019  tested negative while the outcome of 579 samples were awaited, the medical official said. 

A total of 23,221 citizens were tested through random sampling out of which 397 tested positive till date, the medical official added.


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