90% quarantines done in community centres: CM

Shillong, May 22: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, on Thursday, informed that 90% of people are being quarantined in community quarantine centres. He said that almost all the quarantines is being done at community centres.

The Chief Minister’s comment came after a suggestion by the Leader of Oppostion Dr Mukul Sangma, stating that institutional or community quarantine would be more beneficial in tackling COVID-19.

Conrad also said that Meghalaya is taking stringent measures to ensure that the virus doesn’t spread in the state. He said that the government is conducting three screening tests for persons returning from other states. He added that the returnees are being screened through thermal testing devices, then through rapid test kits and finally RT-PCR tests.

He also informed that PCR testing capability has improved from 100 to 400 samples and pool testing by 2000.

Dr Sangma pointed out that that even PCR tests are not 100% correct and that research on the same is still ongoing. Therefore, he suggested going for community and institutional quarantine as it would contain any lapses that might occur.

Further, he also said that limited time slots for people to go for shopping has led to over crowding and defying of social distancing norms in market place as it creates panic. Instead he suggested dividing the population into groups and allocate different days for each group to go out to buy necessary items.

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