Govt imposes 48-hr curfew, to conduct random test from Byrnihat to Khanapara

SHILLONG, Jul 3: The state government on Friday decided to conduct random testing for COVID-19 as well as imposed 48 hours curfew from Byrnihat to Khanapara, Ri-Bhoi district bordering Kamrup (Metro) district of Assam. 

“The random testing will be conducted from tomorrow and curfew will be clamped from today at 9 pm to Monday morning.This is for the safety of those residents staying near the border with Assam,” Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong told reporters during the daily briefing. 

Tynsong, also said that the random testing will be conducted by the district administration and it will be at it’s discretion where and on whom these tests will be conducted. 

When asked that if it was a concern that the State is seeing spike in cases in the last 24 hours Deputy Chief Minister said, “We are safe but we should not be complacent.”

Meanwhile, Director of Health Service (MI), Dr. Aman Warr informed that the State has recorded three active cases on Friday bringing the number of active cases to 18.

The samples sent for testing as of Friday was 20182 and results which tested negative is 19920 and 517 who are in Institutional quarantine. 

The number of total COVID-19 positive cases in the state are 62, out of which 43 recovered and one died of the virus on April 15.

So far 19636 stranded citizens have returned back to the state from different parts of the country. 

Dr. Warr also informed that out of the three new cases two of them are BSF jawans and one is a high risk contact of a COVID-19 patient from Ri Bhoi.

He further added that one of the BSF trooper who tested positive has recently come back to the State and another was a high risk contact of an infected personnel.