Meghalaya records two more Covid deaths, toll rises to 146

Meghalaya records two more Covid deaths, toll rises to 146

Shillong, Jan 21: Two COVID-19 related deaths in Shillong took the number of persons who died due to the pandemic up to 146 with 1.06 per cent case fatality rate and four more infections added up to 129 active cases, even as six recoveries surged the recovery figure from the viral disease to 13,455 in Meghalaya on Thursday.

Meanwhile, around 420 healthcare workers were vaccinated on the fourth day of the ongoing Covishield vaccination programme in Meghalaya on Thursday, which was 54 per cent of the target for the day, Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare, P. Sampath Kumar said.

“There were nine session sites across eight districts of the State and as of Thursday, 1764 healthcare workers have been vaccinated across the State,” he said, adding that the vaccination drive will continue on Friday.

The healthcare workers were administered the first dose of Covishield. The second dose will be administered after 28 days.

Kumar said the State government plans to vaccinate 16,000 health workers out of the 27,000 identified so far in the first phase.

Meanwhile, Director Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War informed that the new COVID-19 cases registered as on Thursday were two each in East Khasi Hills district and East Jaintia Hills district.

He said the recoveries included three each in East Khasi Hills district and West Jaintia Hills district.

Dr. War also informed that two COVID-related deaths reported were of a 61-year-old woman Tunu Das of Jorhat, Assam, who was referred from Jorhat Christian Medical Centre to North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Shillong and died on Wednesday.

Another 73-year-old woman, Chaya Paul, who tested positive for the viral infection was declared brought to NEIGRIHMS on January 18, he further informed.

With 97 active COVID-19 cases, East Khasi Hills, which includes Shillong, is the most affected district in the state.

Four districts of the state – South West Khasi Hills, South West Garo Hills, South Garo Hills and East Garo Hills are presently COVID-19.

So far, Meghalaya has registered 3,23,284 Covid-19 cases, even as 85, 192 people from outside have returned to the State since the onset of the pandemic.

Dr. War also informed that there are 12 containment zones across the state, where COVID-19 positive cases were detected, even as 61 persons were in institutional quarantine and 65 in home isolation.