The number of COVID-19 deaths in Meghalaya rises to four Credit: Representational image

Shillong: Meghalaya registered two new COVID-19 deaths early on Sunday morning, taking the total number of fatalities due to the virus to four in the state.

Of the two deceased, one was a BSF official and another a civilian. Both the patients were under ventilator and were being treated by the COVID team. While the civilian patient passed away at 1.30 am, the BSF official breathed his last at 3.30 am, said reports.

According to NEIGRIHMS director Dr P Bhattacharya, the two deaths reported at the hospital included a BSF official who was under ventilator and a civilian who had co-morbid conditions and was admitted in the hospital for nearly three weeks.

Dr Bhattacharya informed that earlier the patient was admitted at the COVID ward. As the patient was improving, after the 14-day period, he was shifted to another ward where he tested negative carried out through RT-PCR.

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However, Dr Bhattacharya said, “It does not mean that the patient was not a COVID patient, if tested negative. The patient was not infectious anymore to others since he had become asymptomatic. The patient had co-morbid conditions, so his health condition was deteriorating.”

Earlier, Meghalaya reported two severe COVID-19 cases and were both admitted at NEIGRIHMS hospital and were under ventilator. The officials had informed that one of the severe patients was recovering and was shifted to another ward and the other was still under ventilator. More details are yet to be known, if the patient who had recovered was among them. The director of health services, Dr Aman War, will brief the media later in the afternoon to provide further details.

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