Meghalaya issues SOPs for transportation of residents from NE states

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Shillong, May 2: Meghalaya Government has issued standard operating procedure (SOPs) for the transportation of its residents who are stranded in other North East States. Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, while addressing a press briefing on Saturday, also informed that 4 checkpoints have been designated for entry into the state.

“There are 4 designated entry points, Ratacherra in East Jaintia Hills, Byrnihat in Ri Bhoi, Dainadubi in North Garo Hills, Tikrikilla in West Garo Hills,” he said.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that only those who have registered themselves with the government be allowed to return. Those who intend to return will have to register online at http://meghalayaonline.gov.in/covid on or before 4th of May, 2020.

Individuals who do not have internet access can call 81320-11037/ 84330-38716 / 97115-44148/ 73385-50288 between 9AM to 8 PM on any day before 4th April, 2020 to register.

Meanwhile, Meghalaya Chief Secretary MS Rao said that those persons who want to return to Meghalaya through their own Private vehicles or those persons who want to go and pick up stranded individuals in other northeastern states will have to register at www.meghalayaonline.gov.in/covid to obtain a vehicle transit pass.

He also stated that only two persons including the driver will be allowed to go from Meghalaya to pick up stranded family members or others.

The stranded persons will be screened at the border using Rapid Diagnostic Test kits. If they test positive they will be sent to designated quarantine centers.

Those who are asymptomatic will be allowed to go home, but they will mandatorily have to be under home-quarantine for 14 days. In case, the person shares room with other family members, all the members of the family will have to be under quarantine.

The Deputy Chief Minister informed that the government through village volunteers will provide such families with essential commodities.

Meanwhile, he also informed that a total of 1707 samples have been tested for COVID-19, 1655 tested negative, and the results of 40 are awaited.

“Retest of the 11th active COVID-19 patient is still awaited but I am confident. We are now safe from COVID-19,” he said. 

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