Death toll in M’laya rises to 19; 121 cases reported

Death toll in M’laya rises to 19; 121 cases reported
Dr. Aman War
Correspondent Shillong, Sep 9 | Publish Date: 9/9/2020 1:22:38 PM IST

Two women in Meghalaya succumbed to COVID-19 on Wednesday, taking the death toll to 19 , even as 121 new positive cases were detected taking the COVID tally to 1,355, health officials said.

 58-year-old Usha Paul was declared brought dead to Nazareth Hospital on Tuesday night, while another 78 year-old Debu Chettri passed away in the same private hospital here this morning, Director of Health Services, Dr. Aman War said.

He said swab samples of Paul collected at the hospital after she died, tested positive for COVID-19 and that the deceased had hypertension and diabetes.

“Chettri was admitted to Nazareth hospital on Tuesday and had tested positive for the infection. She also had co-morbidities like hypertension besides suffering from diabetes,” War said.  

The senior medical officer informed that of the new 121 cases detected on Wednesday, 30 were from East Khasi Hills, 59 from East Jaintia Hills, 25 from West Garo Hills district, 2 from Ri-Bhoi and 4 from South Garo Hills.

Out of the 107 recoveries on Wednesday, 88 were from East Khasi Hills district, 2 each from Ri-Bhoi district, South West Garo Hills district and East Garo Hills district, 4 each from East Jaintia Hills district and North Garo Hills and five from West Garo Hills district, taking the number of recoveries in the state to 1,823 so far.

War said that 1, 04,090 samples have been sent for testing of which 99,640 yielded negative results while the results of 1253 were awaited.

“The awaited test results is high because the testing centre at Pasteur Institute, Shillong was closed on Saturday and Sunday since certain equipment were to be fitted in the new machines, and all the samples were sent to North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS)  for testing,” the medical official informed.

As on Wednesday, the number of samples whose report is awaited are Pasteur Institute, Shillong – 583, NEIGRIHMS – 550 and Tura Civil Hospital – 120.

War informed that under PM-CARE, another testing centre has been proposed to be set up at Civil Hospital, Shillong.

Meanwhile, War said that he would urge the State government to consider closure of all cement plants at Lumshnong, East Jaintia Hills, where several COVID-19 positive cases have been detected through random sampling.

He said that no safety protocols were being maintained in these cement plants where many workers are gathering without minimum safety measures, including wearing masks.

The medical official also pointed out that hundreds of trucks were entering and leaving these cement plants, including the Star Cement factory, thereby posing grave health hazard.

On the other hand, War also urged the youth to be more responsible in their activities to ensure that they do not spread the virus among the vulnerable age groups.

Till date, Meghalaya has detected 3197 COVID 19 cases out of which 1355 are active, 19 deceased and 1823 have recovered.

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