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Meghalaya to conduct random tests to prevent community transmission

Correspondent Shillong, Jul 23 | Publish Date: 7/23/2020 12:53:40 PM IST

The Meghalaya Government has decided to conduct random antigen testing throughout the State in 71 clusters to prevent community transmission of COVID-19.

“After seeing the situation as of today and considering the inputs furnished by the Health and Family Welfare department, we have decided to immediately undertake random testing in 71 clusters,” Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said.

Earlier, health and family welfare minister Alexander Laloo Hek anticipated a surge of COVID-19 cases in the days ahead in the State.

 “The situation in the State is alarming. We expect a surge of COVID-19 cases in the days ahead. The government is ready to deal with the spike in cases and we have to face it,” Hek  said, even as he appealed to citizens to avoid venturing out of their homes unnecessarily.

The Health minister was however optimistic that spike of cases would climb down the steep side of the COVID-19 graph.

Tynsong said that there are about 7000 COVID-19 community management teams, which will assist the health officials during the testing.

 “If the test through antigen kit comes out positive, the individual would be quarantined and then RT-PCR test would be conducted to confirm COVID-19,” Tynsong said.

Random testing has already begun in some clusters of the State like Umpling, Nongmynsong, Mapwpat, Khanapara and others which would be extended across the State.

 “Over 40,000 rapid antigen kits are already available and over 1.5 lakh test kits will be reaching the State,” he said.

 “We want to prevent community spread that is why this random testing. We have done this in Khanapara and Umpling areas. Therefore, we have decided to aggressively take up random testing across the state to ensure there is no community spread,” Tynsong said.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief Minister warned against stigmatization of medical professionals and residents of containment areas when it comes to medical treatment as there were reports of people being denied medical care and facilities.

He said that such actions should be reported to the authorities immediately and action will be taken up as per the law.

 

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