Meghalaya govt to conduct Covid-19 random tests amid case surge

Shillong, Jul 23: The State Government on Thursday has decided to conduct public random sampling tests in 71 Clusters covering the entire state for COVID 19.

Meghalaya has recently witnessed a spike in COVID 19 cases and there has been an increase in containment zones and quarantine centres especially in Shillong city and other district headquarters.

Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong informed that the inputs for conducting the random testing was provided by the Health department. 

Tynsong said that the State government is going for random testing to ensure that there is no community spread. 

The deputy chief minister said that the health department have done random testing in Khanapara and the BSF Camp (in Shillong).

“To ensure that there’s no community spread, we will now go for random testing all over the state,” the deputy chief minister added.

Tynsong also made it clear that there is no community spread in the State. 

When asked about the period of the random testing, the deputy chief minister stated that the government was not sure how long will this process take even as he added that it may even take three to five months to complete. 

According to Tynsong, the COVID-19 Management Committee will assist the health officials during the testing.

There are 7000 COVID-19 Management Committees all over the state. 

The Deputy Chief Minister also informed that the State already has 40, 000 antigen test kits and around 1.60 lakhs are on their way.