Shillong, Dec 23: The State government on Wednesday has asked persons who have entered Meghalaya from United Kingdom in the past four weeks (November 25 to December 23) to self-monitor for development of symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 like fever, cough, difficulty in breathing for 28 days from the date of arrival.
“In case of development of symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty in breathing), put on a mask immediately, isolate oneself at home and inform the District Surveillance Officer or contact State Helpline 108,” Commissioner and Secretary Health and Family Welfare, Sampath Kumar said.
According to the government this is being done because of the detection of a new variant of SARS- CoV-2 virus in United Kingdom which is estimated to be more transmissible and affecting younger population.
Kumar also said that in view of the new variant, all entrants to the State from or transited through United Kingdom in the past four weeks (November 25 to December 23) are required to declare their travel history (of past 14 days) to the Surveillance Units in the State and at the Districts and undergo RT-PCR test.
“All those tested positive shall be isolated in an institutional isolation facility in a separate (isolation) unit coordinated by the State Health Authorities. Those who are found negative on testing with RT-PCR are to undergo 7 days of institutional quarantine followed by another 7 days of home quarantine, monitored by the IDSP/District Surveillance Officers,” Kumar added.