COVID-19 here to stay for quite sometime, we need to adapt: Conrad

Shillong, July 16: Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh chaired a high level meeting to discuss the present COVID-19 situation in the state.

Chief Secretary, M S Rao, in a detailed presentation apprised the members of the assembly -ruling and opposition – of the government’s response in dealing with the pandemic. 

The key issues discussed in the meeting was on spurt of COVID-19 cases and elaborate details of various clusters, BSF and armed forces, Greenwood wedding attendees, NEIGRIHMS and Khanapara. 

Rao also informed the members of various updates in health infrastructure, development of decentralised management system involving community capacity building, quarantine arrangements and more. 

Speaking after the meeting, Assembly Speaker informed that the state government will be taking up fresh initiatives to tackle the pandemic. He appealed to the people of the state to act responsibly in order to control the virus. 

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma informed that behaviour change and micro response to specific clusters in the state is key to containing the virus. He added that the government will do whatever it takes to ensure the safety of the people. 

“COVID-19 is here to stay, at least for sometime, so we need to adapt and learn to live with this virus,” he said. 

He also revealed that the state government is working on a new concept of micro response for specific clusters, so that instead of imposing total lockdown, the focus would be on containing these clusters on individual level. 

Meanwhile, Congress MLA Hima Shangpliang said that he was satisfied with the way the state government is handling the pandemic. 

He said that the review meeting gave the opposition a lot of insight to “know exactly what the government has done.” 

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