Meghalaya, May 28: The Meghalaya government under the leadership of Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Thursday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 to the next kin of people who died of Covid-19 in the state starting from April 1, 2021.

Conrad Sangma’s government data, 374 people have died due to Covid-19 infections in the state since April 1 this year.

The decision was taken during a review meeting of the Covid-19 situation in the state, attended by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong and other government officials.

The government has also decided to give additional packages to the existing Covid-19 treatment packages of the Megha Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS). For ICU with vent Rs 4,900 per day package will be given, while an add-on package of ARDS for Rs 60,000 will be added for patients suffering from multiple complications, CM Conrad Sangma said in a tweet.

Meghalaya government has also decided that an ex gratia of ₹ 50,000 will be provided to the next of kin of #Covid deceased from 1st April 2021.

@drharshvardhan” he tweeted.

Meghalaya’s COVID-19 tally surged to 33,104 as 809 more people tested positive for the virus, while 12 new fatalities pushed the death toll to 524, a senior health department official said on Thursday.

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Health Services Director, Aman War said of the 12 COVID-19 deaths, 11 were reported in East Khasi Hills district and one in West Jaintia Hills district.

Meghalaya currently has 8,255 active COVID-19 cases, he said. The health services director said 597 patients recuperated from the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 24,325.

The state has so far tested over 5.9 lakh samples for COVID-19, he said. A total of 4.35 lakh people have been inoculated in the state of which over 83,000 people have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, War said.