Meghalaya records first COVID-19 case, hospital sealed

SHILLONG, Apr 13: Meghalaya on Monday recorded its first COVID-19 positive case. The patient has been admitted to a private hospital in the city.

Meanwhile, as soon as knew authorities knew about the case they have sealed the Bethany Hospital situated in the city. Sources said, the patient is a doctor.

Moreover, the state Chief Secretary, M. S. Rao informed that the District Magistrate Shillong has imposed curfew for 48-hours in the Shillong Agglomeration area starting from 6 of April 14, with the exception of essential services.

The Chief Secretary also said that all residents of the State who may have visited Bethany Hospital, on or after March 22 are requested to immediately register themselves by calling 108 or visiting the following link

“The Government is fully prepared to handle the situation and there is no need for the public to have any anxiety on this account,” Rao said.

He also said that the residents are requested to kindly cooperate and refrain from coming out of the houses to enable the Health Department officials to do contact tracing and take appropriate remedial measures.

The Chief Secretary has again reiterated that all residents of the State must use a protective two-layer cotton cloth material to cover nose, mouth and chin as a mask and follow the hand hygiene, cough etiquette and social distancing protocols.

In view of the development, the Cabinet will be meeting again on April 14, to review the decisions that were taken in the Cabinet Meeting held today.

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