Milk van driver tests COVID-19 positive in M’laya

Correspondent Shillong, June 26 | Publish Date: 6/26/2020 1:22:30 PM IST


A driver of a milk van who came to Meghalaya’s Ri-Bhoi district from neighbouring Assam tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday taking the total tally up to 47 in the State.
On the other hand, with the surge in COVID-19 cases in Assam, especially Guwahati, the Meghalaya Government has advised residents of the state to avoid going to the neighbouring state.
“One more traveller who came from Assam has tested positive for COVID19 in Ri-Bhoi District and has been kept under quarantine,” Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma tweeted.
Health and Family Welfare Minister, A.L.Hek informed that the patient, who is from Umden village, Ri-Bhoi District had been working as a driver of a milk van in Guwahati for two months after which he returned on June 24 and was tested on arrival. 
“He is asymptomatic and under treatment in quarantine,” Hek said. 
With the latest detection, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Meghalaya has gone up to four even as 42 persons have recovered from the infection till date.
Hek informed that of the 18,037 samples sent for testing, 17741 returned negative while the outcome of 250 tests were awaited, adding that 18,358 residents of Meghalaya stranded in other parts of the country have returned till date.
“We further request people from the state to avoid going down to  Guwahati as the Assam government on Friday  came out with notification on total lockdown from June 28. Therefore, in compliance to the notification, the Meghalaya government  is requesting to avoid going to Guwahati except in unavoidable cases,” Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong appealed.
He informed that the Chief Secretary would issue notifications through the various Deputy Commissioners, appealing to citizens to avoid going to Guwahati, Assam except during unavoidable circumstances but with proper permission.
The Meghalaya Government has also imposed restrictions on people from outside coming into the State and has mounted vigil at the three entry and exit points to and from the State. 
Several civil society organisations and student bodies have also urged the government not to allow visitors to the state for time being. Meghalaya currently has the least active cases.


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