Shillong: An infant travelled around 400 km from Arunachal Pradesh to Meghalaya via Assam for treatment and the baby died within hours of testing positive for coronavirus, officials said on Tuesday.
An eight-month-old baby boy has a severe breathing problems and fever and baby boy was referred to the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) from Arunachal Pradesh’s Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences for treatment of some ailment, they said.
His parents brought him all the way to Shillong by road. They arrived at the hospital in the early hours of Monday.
Speaking to media, Meghalaya Health Minister AL Hek said, “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”.
He furtherly said that both of his parents and their driver, however, tested negative for the disease.
According to the Health Department report, the eight-month-old boy baby is the second COVID-19 patient to die in Meghalaya. The first death in the state was recorded on April 15.