Shillong, Sept 30: Deaths due to COVID-19 in Meghalaya have increased to 51 after four fresh deaths were reported, even as 176 new positive cases and 37 recoveries were recorded on Wednesday.
The 176 new cases took the number of active cases to 1,615, and a total recovery of 3,975.
DHS (MI) Dr. Aman WarrÂ informed that the new cases include 113 from East Khasi Hills district, 30 from West Garo Hills district, 18 from Ri Bhoi, 11 from South West Garo HillsÂ and one eachÂ from, North Garo Hills, East Garo Hills, South West Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills and West Jaintia HillsÂ districts.
72-year-old MD Salim, a resident of Mawbah, passed away at the Nazareth hospital, while another 74-year-old Minati Chakraborty of Laban Last-stop was declared brought dead at Bethany hospital at 3.05 am and a cancer patient, Dran Lyngkhoi (68) of Smit Raplem, died at the Shillong civil hospital at 2.20 am today, Director of Health Services (MI), Dr Aman War said.
Â He said Salim was brought to the Nazareth hospital in a gasping stage and immediately he was taken to the isolation ward and tried to revive but because of the severity of the disease, he passed away at 1.40 am. The cause of death could not be determined but when the samples taken after he died came out positive for COVID-19.
Â Dr War said Chakraborty, who also tested positive for coronavirus, had history of flu like illness and gastroenteritis for past three days and was on self-medication at home adding she was also known case of type-II diabetes mellitus and hypertension while, Lyngkhoi on the other hand was suffering from cancer and was found to be positive on September 27. He was shifted to the COVID Unit of the civil hospital, Shillong but in spite of the treatment being provided the patient succumbed to his illnesses on Wednesday.
Â Dr War informed that another patient, Donia Khyriem (59) was found to be COVID-19 positive on being admitted at the Dr H Gordon Robert hospital on September 18. However, the patient passed away on September 28, due to COVID-19 with acute respiratory distress syndrome, cerebrovascular accident and intracranial hemorrhage.
Among the 37 recoveries, 03 are from East Khasi Hills district, 11 from Ri-Bhoi district, 21 from West Garo Hills and 02 from South West Garo hillsÂ Â district.
Till date, Meghalaya has registered a total of 5,641 COVID 19 cases out of which, 1,615Â are active, 51 deceased and 3,975 recoveries.
Swab samples of 1,50,809 persons have been sent for testing out of which 1,45,170 samples tested negative.