Two more persons died of COVID-19 in Meghalaya on July 19, taking the death toll due to the virus in the state to four, Health and Family Welfare Minister Alexander Laloo Hek said.
Hek said the two patients, one from the Border Security Force (BSF), passed away in the early hours of July 19 at North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) hospital in Shillong.
NEIGRIHMS Director P Bhattacharya said that both the patients died due to COVID-19 related complications.
Hek informed that among the dead was a 40-year-old geologist at Geological Survey of India who had returned to Meghalaya from Kolkata. He was admitted at NEIGRIHMS after he tested positive for COVID-19.
The other patient was a 48-year-old head constable at BSF and was a native of Assam’s Baska district. He initially tested negative for COVID-19 and was admitted in the Orthopedics ward (non-COVID ward) of NEIGRIHMS but later tested positive for COVID-19 after a retest in RT-PCR on July 9.
Meanwhile, the mortal remains of the geologist will be taken to his native village at Lalsharai in Ri-Bhoi district for his burial, while the body of the BSF head constable will be cremated at the electric crematorium complex in Upper Mawprem.