60-year-old woman dies of COVID, toll rises to 76

235 recovers in Meghalaya, 79 fresh COVID cases detected

Shillong, Oct 20: The State on Tuesday recorded 57 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the number of active cases to 2,020 while the death toll rose to 76 after a 60-year-old woman succumbed due to the viral infection.

However, the number of recovered cases outnumbered the fresh cases for the second consecutive day.

Of the 105 new recoveries, Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War informed that 66 patients, including three among armed/paramilitary forces have recovered from the viral infection in East Khasi Hills district, besides 15 from Ri-Bhoi district, 14 from West Jaintia Hills district, six from West Garo Hills district and two patients each from East Jaintia Hills district and South West Khasi Hills district.

Dr. War informed that the deceased Slinsibon Sawian was declared brought dead to Ganesh Das Maternity and Child Hospital and had tested positive for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the fatality rate due to COVID-19 in Meghalaya is 0.90 per cent.

Updating the details of the 57 new COVID-19 positive cases detected across the state, Dr. War informed that 26 are from East Khasi Hills district, 17 from West Garo Hills district, three each from East Garo Hills district, South Garo Hills district, West Jaintia Hills district, two from East Jaintia Hills district besides one each from Ri-Bhoi district, North Garo Hills district and South West Garo Hills district.

With 1,322 cases, including 1,295 civilians and 27 from among armed/paramilitary forces, East Khasi Hills, which includes Shillong is the most affected district in the State.

Ri-Bhoi district bordering Assam has 234 cases followed by West Garo Hills district with 188, West Jaintia Hills district – 73, East Jaintia Hills district -17, South West Khasi Hills – 13, West Khasi Hills district – 49, South West Garo Hills district – 11, North Garo Hills – 26, South Garo Hills -36 and East Garo Hills -51.

With 6,497 recoveries, 2,020 active cases and 76 deaths, the total number of detected COVID-19 cases in Meghalaya stands at 8,593.

The Director of Health Services informed that till date, swab samples of 1,89,783 persons have been sent for testing, out of which 1,81,190 tested negative for COVID-19.

Dr. War said, that 1,05,686 swab samples were tested thorugh CB-NAAT, Truenat and Rapid Antigen Test, while 75, 504 were tested by RT-PCR.