SHILLONG, July 30 - Meghalaya today registered 19 new COVID-19 cases while three patients recovered from the infection in the State in the past 24 hours.
Of these new cases, 15 are from East Khasi Hills district and 13 are BSF personnel. Of total 588 active cases in the State, 491 are in East Khasi Hills alone.
Ri-Bhoi district has the second highest number of active cases at 44. So far, 210 patients have recovered from the infection in the State.
Meanwhile, a Meghalaya Police constable today passed away at a quarantine centre at Khanapara, but authorities maintained that he did not die of COVID-19.
The 54-year-old constable from Meghalaya Police�s 1st Battalion passed away at the quarantine centre at Mahatma Gandhi University at Khanapara in Ri-Bhoi district.
The deceased was under quarantine as he was the secondary contact of a COVID-19 patient. According to officials, the deceased constable complained of stomach ache and was vomiting blood before he fell unconscious.
The authorities denied that he died of COVID-19 and sent his body to the Nongpoh Civil Hospital for autopsy.
Meanwhile, Congress legislator from Mawlai PT Sawkmie has petitioned the Meghalaya Human Rights Commission stating that a pregnant woman was allegedly denied admission by the Ganesh Das Hospital here on Tuesday since she came from a containment zone at Mawlai Mawtawar. The MLA sought the commission�s intervention in this matter.
The woman in labour was forced to return home. However, the hospital later agreed to admit her only after some NGOs intervened. She gave birth to a baby at the hospital but the newborn died soon after.