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Shillong: A doctor from Bethany Hospital in Shillong, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday — the first positive case of the novel coronavirus in Meghalaya — died in the early hours of Wednesday.

The doctor, who was in his mid-60s, tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Monday. He passed away around 2.30 am on Wednesday. It is Meghalaya’s first recorded death due to the deadly virus.

The patient was under non-invasive ventilators and was classified under Category C, according to the information given by Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma on Tuesday.

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday morning, Sangma confirmed the news of the patient’s death. “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,” he wrote.


The first case in Meghalaya was reported on Monday evening, with the chief secretary confirming the development.

Meanwhile, a total of 90 samples have been sent for testing after the first COVID-19 positive case in Meghalaya. Bethany Hospital in both Shillong and Nongpoh have been sealed. Primary contacts of the individual and list of the secondary contacts is being compiled.

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