Two more BSF personnel tests positive for COVID-19

SHILLONG, Jul 1: Meghalaya on Wednesday reported another two more COVID-19 cases taking the total number of active cases to 12.

Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Minister, A. L. Hek informed that the latest cases too were personnel of the Border Security Force (BSF).

With the latest cases the number of BSF personnel who had tested positive for the virus is five.

“Both who tested positive today were high risk contacts of the BSF driver,” Director of Health Service (MI) Dr. Aman Warr informed.

It may be mentioned that the BSF driver, who had tested positive on June 28 was engaged in transporting troopers from Assam to BSF Meghalaya Frontier Headquarters.

Hek informed that out of the two BSF troopers who had tested positive on Wednesday – one stays in the BSF camp in Shillong and another stays in a rented accommodation in a civilian area.

The Health and Family Welfare Minister also informed that the BSF camp is located in an isolated place and therefore it has not yet been declared a containment area.

“Only the rented accommodation where one of the positive COVID-19 BSF personnel stayed has been declared a containment area,” Hek informed.

Meanwhile, when asked if the State government was contemplating to conduct random testing on high risk people for COVID-19, Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong said that the inputs has to come from the respective district administrations, like the deputy commissioners, the district medical and health officers or the district vigilance unit.

“The government will leave no stone unturned. Once we receive feedbacks we are ready to do that. As of now there is no input for random testing,” Tynsong said.

Hek also informed that till date 19646 samples have been sent for testing till date out of which , 19404 samples tested negative and the reports of 189 samples are awaited.

The State now has 12 active cases, 42 has recovered, one died, total recorded cases are 55.Meanwhile, the stranded residents who returned back to the State till date is 19231.