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Covid-19 count breaks 4,000 barrier, 1 more dies from virus

40 pc of state’s cases recorded this month
Shillong, Sep 15: Meghalaya crossed the unwelcome 4,000 mark in Covid-19 cases today with another 172 new infections reported, while one more death from the disease was recorded in the state capital.
There have been a total of 4,037 Covid cases in the state, with 1,818 active infections, 2,190 recoveries and 29 fatalities. More than 40 percent of all coronavirus infections in Meghalaya have been reported in the first 15 days of this month.
Nineteen of the 29 deaths from the virus have also come in September alone.
Today’s fatality was that of Gopal Chandra Baghdas (67), who suffered from co-morbidities like diabetes and hypertension. He had tested positive for Covid-19 on September 12 and died today afternoon at Shillong Civil Hospital. The cause of death was severe acute respiratory distress syndrome due to Covid-19 pneumonia, Director of Health Services Dr Aman War said.
East Khasi Hills reported the most new infections today – 74 – but there were also another 61 in East Jaiñtia Hills, all from the Star Cement factory in Lumshnong. There were also 23 to come out of Ri-Bhoi, nine from West Garo Hills, two from South West Garo Hills and one each from North Garo Hills, South Garo Hills and West Jaiñtia Hills.
Of the 53 civilians who were diagnosed with the disease today in East Khasi Hills (the other 21 were jawans), 42 were high-risk contacts, four were health workers, four were returnees and three had severe acute respiratory infections.
The health workers comprised one doctor and a driver from Ganesh Das Hospital, a staff nurse at Woodland Hospital and one laboratory technician and driver from the District Medical and Health Office.
In Ri-Bhoi 21 were high-risk contacts and two were health workers. All nine cases in West Garo Hills were among jawans.
There are now 1,187 active cases in East Khasi Hills (260 jawans, 927 civilians), 203 in East Jaiñtia Hills, 183 in West Garo Hills (72 jawans, 111 civilians), 152 in Ri-Bhoi (47 jawans, 105 civilians), 20 in South Garo Hills, 17 in East Garo Hills, 14 each in West Khasi Hills and West Jaiñtia Hills, 13 in North Garo Hills, 10 in South West Garo Hills and five in South West Khasi Hills.
There were also 39 recoveries recorded today – 24 from West Garo Hills, 10 from East Khasi Hills, three from East Jaiñtia Hills and one each from Ri-Bhoi and South Garo Hills.
Out of the 1, 17,518 samples have been sent for testing so far, 1, 13,184 have come back negative and results of 298 samples are awaited.