Meghalaya tests 9,344 samples, 8933 test negative, 320 results awaited


Shillong, June 3: Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, on Wednesday, informed that a total of 9,344 samples have been tested for COVID-19 till date, out of which 8933 have tested negative and the results of 320 samples is still awaited. 

The total number of persons tested positive for coronavirus in the state is 31, out of which 13 persons have recovered. The state currently has 17 active cases. 

He said that 741 returnees have been placed in institutional quarantine. It may be noted that over 12000 stranded persons have returned to the state till date. 

“Till 2 pm on June 3, 2020, there were 12257 people from Meghalaya who entered back in the state, 24972 persons have been visited in their homes by Health Workers till June 3, 2020 upto 2 PM,” he added. 

Tynsong also informed that registration of all returnees from outside the state is mandatory through the Corona Web App. He also said that all returnees will have to undergo temperature screening, Rapid Test Kit and RT PCR if they have come from High Risk Areas outside the state. 

It was also informed that various screening points have been setup across the State.

“Districts also have been empowered to handle entrants in case of need. For those whose transportation is arranged by State, they are kept at quarantine facilities until the results arrive. After receiving test reports the negative cases are advised to home quarantine for a period of 14 days with a provision of a home quarantine diary containing instructions which they are to strictly follow and update on a daily basis,” he said. 

District surveillance units along with community COVID management teams are conducting home visits, Tynsong said. 

Further if anyone develop symptoms, they can contact district helpline number or 108. 

“The government is also taking an initiative for the elderly persons and for elderly with co morbidity factors like cancer, hypertension, diabetes, cardio vascular diseases etc. A self reporting diary with check list for the elderly is prepared. A check list is also prepared for care-givers and community health workers to guide them in advising the Senior Citizens and those with co-morbid conditions,” he said. 

He revealed that line listing of elderly people is being compiled at the district level. 

“The state is planning to train the citizens on preventive measures awareness of COVID 19 to all different sections of the society vis. drivers, traders and community as a whole,” Tynsong added. 

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