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Meghalaya is almost ‘Covid free state’ as 13th patient tests negative

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With one death and 12 recovered from COVID-19, Meghalaya claims to be a Covid free state. The Himalayan state had recorded 13 Covid cases related to one particular family, 12 of whom have been cured.

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Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong spoke about the COVID-19 situation and cases so far. “From the government’s side, we declare We do not have any single active cases. Samples collected and sent for testing till today are 3207. 2883 have tested negative while test reports for 311 are awaited,” Said Prestone Tynsong.

Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya , Prestone Tynsong

“The government has formed over 7000 Covid commitees in all villages and localities in rural as well as urban areas.” Added Tynsong.

Till date around 6565 migrant workers and students have reached Meghalaya since May 5th. 

Meanwhile Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has tweeted on the Meghalaya on route to becoming Covid free. 

“A second retest of the lone active case (positive patient) was done again and the test has come out negative. The patient can be declared as recovered.” Reads the Chief Minister’s tweet.

With this Meghalaya is set to become the 5th Northeastern state to become Covid free, joining the bandwagon of Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh,  Nagaland and Mizoram to become Covid free.

“We cannot look at it as an achievement… the fight against the virus is an ongoing process. We need to remain alert and prompt action needs to be taken. We have managed to control the situation since all are playing their roles, right from the administration to the community,” CM Conrad Sangma said.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma

“Anything can happen any time given the nature of the virus”, he said adding that it is here to stay till a vaccine is available.

In the last few weeks, Meghalaya began the process of bringing back stranded people from other states. After proper medical check-ups, migrant workers and other people returning home are allowed to enter the state and are made to stay in quarantine for two weeks. 

As other Northeastern states also taking back it’s stranded people, Covid cases are seen rising in Assam, Tripura and Manipur. This brings with it the rising challenge of proper screening and people following quarantine protocols after returning home. Meghalaya now has to wait until the test results of the 311 people are out apart from keeping track of migrant workers and other returning to the state. 

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