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All 8 kin of M’laya’s first COVID-19 victim test negative

Correspondent Shillong, April 30 | Publish Date: 4/30/2020 10:00:17 AM IST

Meghalaya is apparently on the road to recovery from COVID-19 pandemic after eight family members of State’s first COVID-19 patient, who died a fortnight ago after getting infected, tested negative on Thursday, a health official said.

  Two more positive COVID-19 patients, who had earlier tested positive for the virus has also tested negative on Thursday, Director of Health Services, Dr. Aman Warr said.  

He also informed that the swab sample of the 12th positive COVID-19 patient has also been collected and will be sent to the laboratory for testing,” he said.

 Meghalaya had recorded its first and only Covid-19 death on April 15 when renowned physician and philanthropist Dr John L Sailo Rynthathiang succumbed to the virulent virus attacked  “All the eight family members of the first patient have recovered after the second retest has confirmed negative for COVID-19. However, all eight of them will have to continue with 14 days quarantine,” Warr said.    Warr said swabs sample of the two patients who had tested negative for the deadly virus, will be sent for testing after 24 hours as per protocol to declare them as recovered.

 Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong informed that the number of samples tested so far is 1595, of which 1433 yielded negative, while the outcome of 150 tests were awaited.

 A total of 23,382 persons have been screened so far, and 6,727 person are under home quarantine while 312 under institutional quarantine

On the other hand, Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma along with Minister, Health and Family Welfare, AL Hek dedicated to the people today 25 newly acquired ambulances with basic life support systems procured through the CM’s Relief Fund for Covid-19. The new fleet of ambulances will be utilized by the 108 team of first responders

    

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