‘80 blood samples tested negative for COVID-19 in M’laya’

Correspondent Shillong, Mar 25 | Publish Date: 3/25/2020 12:29:00 PM IST

Not less than 80 blood samples have tested negative for COVID-19 in Meghalaya, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said on Wednesday.

Voicing disappointment over some people not adhering to the government’s advisories and lockdown to curb the Corona virus, Tynsong warned of stringent action against people for violating the lockdown.

“By the grace of Almighty, till this moment, not even a single case detected in Meghalaya but the government is not complacent and the fight is on to prevent COVID-19. Therefore, I request citizens to cooperate,” he told journalists after an emergent cabinet meeting at the Chief Minister’s residence. Informing that more than 3000 returnees to the State have registered with the government, Tynsong said that health workers/volunteers now are in touch with the returnees on a daily basis inquiring about their health condition.

He said the government has designated three centres – North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda & Homoeopathy at Mawdiangdiang, the Tuberculosis hospital atUmsawli and the Cancer Wing at Shillong Civil Hospital– to treat the affected patients. He also informed that the government has decided to procure 30 life-saving saving ventilators.

Chief Secretary M.S.Rao and Commissioner and secretary for health and family welfare, Sampath Kumar also held a meeting with all private hospitals in Shillong and chalked out strategies to contain if there is  an outbreak of  COVID-19 in the State.

Voicing disappointment over some people not adhering to the government’s advisories and violating the lockdown, Tynsong said, “I came to know few groups of people today (Wednesday) went for picnic which is totally wrong. People should understand that the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the whole world,” he said.

“Not a single case has been detected in Meghalaya but that doesn’t mean we should be complacent. Yesterday, one person tested positive in Manipur and another one in Mizoram. Therefore, I appeal to the citizens to stay home for everyone’s safety in Meghalaya,” he said. Warning stringent action against violators, the Deputy Chief Minister said, “We have already clamped a three-day curfew from last night. We need to be more stringent. If they (violators) don’t listen, respect and understand, the law will take its own course.” 


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