Another doctor dies due to COVID in Meghalaya

Correspondent Shillong, Nov 20 | Publish Date: 11/20/2020 11:57:42 AM IST

Two more COVID-19 related deaths, including that of a  66-year-old doctor took the fatality figure due to COVID to 106 even as 173 fresh infections mounted the active case tally to 888, while 84 recoveries pushed the total recoveries to 10,158 as on Friday in Meghalaya.

Dr. Paitbha Syngkon (66), a resident of Jowai, West Jaintia Hills who passed away at a private-run Woodland Hospital in Shillong on Thursday, was the second physician to have succumbed to the viral infection in the State after the death of the first COVID-19 patient in  Meghalaya, Dr John L Sailo Rynthathiang (69), in April this year.

Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War said that Dr Syngkon was tested COVID-19 positive on being admitted at the hospital on Thursday night

“He (Dr Syngkon) however passed away at 11.50 pm due to COVID-19 pneumonia with type 2 diabetes mellitus with hypertension with CAD,” the medical official said. 

Of the new cases detected, the senior medical official said 97 were from East Khasi Hills district, 60 from West Garo Hills district,  8 from South Garo Hills district, 4 from East Jaintia Hills district,2  from East Garo Hills district and 1 each from Ri-Bhoi district and South West Garo Hills district.

With 400 active COVID-19 cases, East Khasi Hills district, including Shillong is the wost affected district in the State, followed by West Garo Hills with 195 active cases.

Meanwhile, of the new recoveries recorded as on Friday, 41 were in Ri-Bhoi district, 19 in East Khasi Hills district, 10 in East Jaintia Hills district, four each in South Garo Hills district and West Garo Hills district, 3 in South West Garo Hills district and 1 each in South West Khasi Hills district, North Garo Hills district and East Garo Hills district. Of the 2,27,199 persons tested for COVID-19 infection,  War said 2,16,047 have tested negative so far, even as 233 persons are in institutional quarantine and 519 are in home isolation in various parts of the State, which has 37 containment zones.

Moreover, he said that 60,758 persons have entered the State from outside as on date.

So far, Meghalaya has registered 11152 confirmed Covid-19 cases, including 106 deaths with a case fatality rate of 0.92, besides 888 active cases and 10158 recoveries.

Also, night curfew was further relaxed on Friday night on account of Chaat  Puja with effect from 11 pm to 3 am on Saturday.


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