SHILLONG, Apr 14: The state government has so far tested 90 samples of persons who came into contact with the doctor of Bethany who tested positive for COVID-19, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma told reporters today after the cabinet meeting.
The Chief Minister also informed that so far 200 persons who came in direct contact with the [patient has been identified and another 1800 secondary contact have been identified so far.
“As soon as the state recorded its first case the entire Corona Task Force of the state government in the district have sprung into action. In the process both the branches of this institute has been asked to completely shut,” Conrad told reporters.
The Chief Minister also said that the state government has sought help from the Assam government so that more tests can be done faster.
He said that the primary contacts could be the persons who could be the maid in the house the wife or the family members. It could be, the people in the office who met him every day.
The Chief Minister said that the emergence of the first case in the state is a big challenge for the state government because the position and the institution which the person is from has much more broader network.
“So therefore that network itself is a challenge and if it were a student who had come back from somewhere, then the social contact thing would be much smaller,” he said.
Meanwhile, Conrad also expressed concern over people stigmatising persons who have symptoms of the virus and those health workers involved in fighting the pandemic.
“The Coronavirus does not look at anybody’s race, creed, religion or boundaries. It is very wrong on our part to start to stigmatise and look at individuals and start blaming people,” the Chief Minister said. He also urged people to act responsibly and not to stigmatise.
The Chief Minister also said that it has come to his notice that there are situations where people in different parts of Shillong have started stigmatising people who who are working in hospitals.
“It is not their fault that they have to be working in the hospital. In fact, they are putting themselves in danger, to save lives and to protect us,” he said.
Conrad said that the at this time the society must support such health workers and make sure that they are not look down upon them or stigmatised in any way.
“I would like to tell people that there is a notion in people’s mind that getting this disease is something just by looking at somebody,” he added.