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COVID-19: Former Additional SP latest fatality in state; toll now 17

Male cases outnumber those of women more than 2 to 1
HP NEWS SERVICE
Shillong, Sep 4: Meghalaya recorded another Covid-19 death, the 17th in all, today, the Health Department informed.
The deceased, Frazier N Sangma (71) was a former Additional Superintendent of Police in the Bomb Squad and Special Branch of the Meghalaya Police. Sangma was a resident of Golf Links and was admitted to Shillong Civil Hospital on September 1 after he tested positive for the coronavirus in Polo that same day.
“He was symptomatic and died of Covid-19 pneumonia on September 7,” Director of Health Services, Dr Aman War, said.
There were 29 new infections recorded today, with West Garo Hills reporting 12, East Khasi Hills five, Ri-Bhoi three, West Jaiñtia Hills three, East Jaiñtia Hills two and one each in North Garo Hills, South Garo Hills, West Khasi Hills and East Garo Hills. There are 1,457 active cases at present after four recoveries were reported today.
All cases in West Garo Hills were of high-risk contacts, while two fell into this category in East Khasi Hills, which also reported one positive in a returnee health worker, one in NEIGRIHMS and one severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) case. In West Jaiñtia Hills one is a SARI case, one a returnee and one a driver.
In Ri-Bhoi two are returnees and one is a high-risk contact, in East Jaiñtia Hills one is a returnee and another was found to be positive during random testing at Khliehriat, in East Garo Hills the lone case was found positive during random testing at Rongjeng market, in North Garo Hills the single case recorded was at Damas market during random testing, in South Garo Hills one was found to be positive during random testing at Chokpot and in West Khasi Hills the lone case detected is of a returnee.
The district wise breakup of the active cases is – East Khasi Hills 948 (jawans 181, civilians 767), West Garo Hills 186 (jawans 104 and civilians 90), Ri-Bhoi 119 (jawans 29 and civilians 90), East Garo Hills 98, West Khasi Hills 30, East Jaiñtia Hills 30, South Garo Hills 16, North Garo Hills 13, West Jaiñtia Hills 12, South West Garo Hills four and South West Khasi Hills one.
The recovered cases today numbered four – West Khasi Hills two, East Khasi Hills one and Ri-Bhoi one. The total recoveries in the state are now 1,560.
Meghalaya crossed the 1 lakh samples mark today, with a total of 1, 00,701 samples tested, of which 97,033 were negative and 634 results still awaited.
The Director of Health Services also provided a gender breakdown in active Covid-19 cases in the state, with males making up more than two-thirds of all coronavirus infections in Meghalaya at present.
Of the 1,457 active Covid-19 cases in the state, 996 (68 percent) are of males, while 461 (32 percent) are female.
This is partly explained by the large number of infections among armed forces personnel and paramilitaries, who are largely male. West Garo Hills has the lowest share among women – only 15 percent of the 186 cases are of women. More than 50 percent of the district’s Covid-19 cases (104) are of jawans.