Meghalaya asks entrants from UK to declare travel history

Correspondent Shillong, Dec 23 | Publish Date: 12/23/2020 11:04:09 AM IST

With a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 virus detected in United Kingdom (UK), which is estimated to be more transmissible and affecting younger population, all entrants to the Meghalaya  from or transited through UK in the past 4 weeks have been asked to declare their travel history of past 14 days to the Surveillance Units in the State and at the Districts and undergo RT-PCR test.

 “All those tested positive shall be isolated in an institutional isolation facility in a separate (isolation) unit coordinated by the State health authorities. Those who are found negative on testing with RT-PCR are to undergo seven days of institutional quarantine followed by another seven days of home quarantine, monitored by the IDSP/District Surveillance Officers,” a notification issued by the Commissioner and Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, Sampath Kumar said.

 “All those who have entered the State from U.K. in the past four weeks (from November 25 to December 23, 2020) are requested to self-monitor for development of symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 i.e. fever, cough, difficulty in breathing for 28 days from the date of arrival from UK. In case of development of symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty in breathing), put on a mask immediately, isolate oneself at home and inform the District Surveillance Officer or contact State Helpline 108,” the notification specified.

In view of the new SARS-CoV-2 virus being detected, it is important to exercise extra caution,” Kumar urged the residents to strictly adhere to the health and safety advisories. 

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