M’laya COVID death toll rises to 51

Correspondent SHILLONG, SEP 30 | Publish Date: 9/30/2020 12:42:45 PM IST

Meghalaya on Wednesday reported 176 new COVID-19 cases pushing the active cases to 1,615, even as the death toll rose to 51 after four more patients, including two women, succumbed to the virus,  health officials said on Wednesday.

Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War said a 59-year-old woman, Donia Khyriem of Mawkhriah village of East Khasi Hills district died on Monday at Dr. H. Gordon Robert's Hospital

Three more deaths were reported in the wee hours of Wednesday;  M. D. Salim of Mawbah at Nazareth Hospital, Dran Lyngkhoi at Civil Hospital, Shillong and 74-year-old Minati Chakravarti was declared brought dead to Bethany Hospital, Dr. Aman War added .

Of the 176 new COVID-19 cases , Dr. War said 113 are from East Khasi Hills district, 30 from West Garo Hills district, 18 from Ri-Bhoi district, 11 from South West Garo Hills district, besides 1 each from East Garo Hills district , North Garo Hills district, West Khasi Hills district and South West Khasi Hills district.

War informed that 37 new recoveries from the viral disease were recorded on Wednesday, taking the total number of recovered cases in Meghalaya to 3,975.

Out the 37 recoveries, 21 are from West Garo Hills district, 11 from Ri-Bhoi district, three from East Khasi Hills district and 2 from South West Garo Hills district,” the senior health official said.

Refuting allegations that most patients taken to hospitals in the State are testing positive for COVID-19, War reiterated that there was no "hanky panky" on the part of the government with regards to declaring positive cases in the State.

“It is every likely that they were infected by the virus and because of this the comorbidites flare up and when they were taken to hospital,” the medical official said.

Till date, the State has detected a total of 5639 COVID-19 cases out of which 1615 are active, 49 deceased and 3975 recovered.

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