SHILLONG, Aug 26 - A person who had tested positive for COVID-19 on August 21, was brought dead to the Shillong Civil Hospital today. Consultations are on if the death would be counted as a COVID-19 related death, Health Department officials said.
In all 49 new cases were reported in the State in the past 24 hours with 42 patients also recovering during the same period across the State.
The active cases in the State have risen to 1,168 and the number of patients who have recovered from the infection have gone up to 874. Out of the new cases, 32 were reported from East Khasi Hills district, nine from East Garo Hills, seven from West Garo Hills and one from Ri-Bhoi district.
Altogether 79,126 samples have been sent for testing, out of which 76,645 were negative. Reports of another 431 are awaited, Health Department officials stated here today.
On the NEHU preparing to conduct examinations, Director of Health Department Aman War said the university must first inform the State Government about its plan to conduct the examinations. War said that the State Government would take a final decision whether such examinations would be allowed to be held at this juncture.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya remains one of the worst performing States in the country at the moment in relation to its fight against COVID-19.
The State�s active case rate is at a high of 58.37 per cent, while the discharge rate is 41.23 per cent. This data puts Meghalaya at the bottom of the list among States.
At the national level, the active case rate is 21.87 per cent and the discharge rate is 76.30 per cent.