Shillong, June 23: Meghalaya health minister A L Hek on Tuesday informed that the total number of samples sent for testing is 16,931 of which 16,585 samples tested negative. Results of 300 samples are still awaited.
He reiterated that the state currently has 8 active COVID-19 cases. The total number of cases is 46, of which 37 have recovered and 1 death recorded.
He also informed that a total of 17,692 stranded Meghalayans have returned to the state, and added that only few hundred people are still yet to arrive.
“We had a review meeting on this, and only a few hundred people are still stranded, they are coming in small numbers 15-20 people every day,” he stated.
On being questioned regarding returnees from foreign countries, the heath minister stated that he had no information on the same.
Responding to questions regarding Chief Minister Conrad Sangma’s travel to Manipur, he added that all health and safety protocols will be followed, and that he will be tested on arrival and given a certificate by the health department in order to resume work.
Meanwhile on the issue of the SBI employee from Khanapara who tested positive for COVID-19, he said that the patient tested positive in Assam.
He stated that following the review meeting, the Deputy Commissioner of Ri-Bhoi district has been notified of the matter and the health department is tracing contacts of the patient.
Further, he said that the SBI bank in Khanapara has been closed.