Meghalaya records 6 more Covid-19 positive cases
Dimapur, April 15 (EMN): In a sad turn of events, six family members and helpers of the first Covid-19 positive patient in Meghalaya who passed away in the wee hours of Wednesday, were tested positive for the virus.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma took to social media to announce the new development.
Of the 68 tested so far, 6 have come out positive who are all family members & helpers of the first #Covid19 positive case.— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) April 15, 2020
6 other cases are being retested.
All the rest of the cases are negative.
The announcement came just a few hours after Sangma tweeted that the first Covid-19 positive patient in Meghalaya, a 69-year-old doctor of Bethany Hospital in Shillong, had passed away.
“I am deeply saddened to inform that the first #COVID19 positive patient in Meghalaya passed away this morning at 2:45 am. My heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones. May his soul rest in peace,” read his tweet.
It was reported that the deceased had no travel history but his son-in-law, who is a pilot, had returned home on March 22 after visiting Covid-19 infected countries.
The CM went on to inform that the authorities have started sanitising several areas, particularly Bethany Hospital.
We are currently sanitising adjoining areas, particularly Nongrim Hills, near Bethany Hospital Shillong pic.twitter.com/SdJXMFyjIE— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) April 15, 2020
The Meghalaya government swung into action after the first Covid-19 positive case was detected in the state on April 13, imposing a 48-hour curfew in Shillong and Nongpoh. Sangma tweeted that Bethany Hospital in both Shillong and Nongpoh had been sealed; primary contacts of the individual and list of the secondary contacts being compiled; and 90 samples had been sent for testing after the state registered its first Covid-19 positive case.