Meghalaya based doctor on Wednesday morning dies of coronavirus and has become the first patient and victim of novel coronavirus from the northeastern state while six of his relatives have tested positive.
The Cheif Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma said that six people who are the family members and helpers of the first COVID-19 positive patient of the state have tested positive.
Thus a total of seven positive cases for COVID-19 have been detected in Meghalaya so far.
The doctor at Shillong’s Bethany Hospital had no travel history, sources had said earlier, adding that he might have contracted the virus through a “silent carrier”. The state government launched a massive search for the spreader and has announced a two-day curfew in the capital city.
More than 2,000 people have been identified who were in contact with the doctor.
The government has asked all the people who have visited the hospital on or before March 22 to come forward. It has also asked people to wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus.
The coronavirus death came two days after Nagaland reported its first case. Now among the northeast states, only Sikkim remains coronavirus-free.
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.
— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) April 15, 2020