COVID-19: 123 tested in Meghalaya all negative

SHILLONG, Apr 9: Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong today informed that 123 people with symptoms of COVID-19 were tested and all were negative.

Commissioner and Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, Sampath Kumar informed that in the last 24 hours 12 persons were tested.

“We are not complacent just because we don’t have any positive case,” the Deputy Chief Minister added.

The state government on Wednesday had said that 111 people were tested and all were negative.

According to Kumar the persons who are tested as per protocol are kept in quarantine for 24 hours till the results come back.  

“They are kept for a day within the hospital premises and if the tests are negative they are allowed to go home,” the Commissioner and Secretary of Health and Family Welfare department said.

Kumar also said that the private wards in Civil Hospital, Shillong, Corona Care Centres set up all over the state and some hotels have been earmarked to quarantine health workers who may have to treated a COVID-19 patient.

He also informed that more than 4000 persons have completed their quarantine period.

On the issue of setting up another testing centre at Tura for the benefit of people of Garo Hills region, Kumar informed that the process for approval is on and the government has to build certain infrastructures for the purpose.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief Minister informed that more than 2100 migrant workers and labourers have been given refuge in 25 shelters homes across the state and are being provided with food and par-medic teams are constantly monitoring them.

District wise, Tynsong informed that in East Khasi Hills there are 7 shelter homes, West Jaintia Hills 1, East Jaintia Hills 3, South West Khasi Hills 1, East Garo Hills 1, North Garo Hills 2, Ri-Bhoi 2 and West Garo Hills 8.

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