Guwahati: In yet another incident of COVID 19 virus killing an infant, an eight-month-old baby who travelled around 400 km from Arunachal Pradesh to Meghalaya via Assam for treatment died within hours of testing positive for coronavirus on Tuesday.
The baby was the second COVID-19 patient to die in Meghalaya.
According to the Meghalaya Health Minister A L Hek, the baby boy was referred to the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) in Shillong from Arunachal Pradesh’s Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences for treatment of some ailment.
Then the parents brought him all the way to Shillong by road. They arrived at the hospital in the early hours of Monday.
“On their arrival, the swab samples of the baby were collected and sent for tests. The baby boy tested positive for COVID-19 and later died in the evening,” Hek informed.
However, no one was sure from where the baby got infected as the parents and the driver who drove them to Shillong were tested negative.
The grieving family has taken the body back to Arunachal Pradesh.
With six returnees who came from Karnataka, USA, Rajasthan, Kolkata testing positive in Shillong on Tuesday, Meghalaya’s total active cases went up to 50.