Meghalaya reports highest one-day spike of COVID cases; here are Govt’s key decisions
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Meghalaya reports highest one-day spike of COVID cases; here are Govt’s key decisions

SHILLONG | AUG 20, 2020:

Meghalaya on Thursday, August 20, registered the highest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases. 126 fresh positive cases were reported in the last 24 hours with 106 from East Khasi Hills district alone.

The total active cases now stand at 925.

Informing this, Health Minister AL Hek said that out of the 126 positive cases detected today, East Khasi Hills reported 106 cases which include 05 from Ganesh Das (one doctor and four staff, 01 from Rilbong, 41 Armed Force (02 CRPF, 16 BSF), 11 during random sampling at khlieh Iew, 10 during random sampling at Motphran, 13 during random sampling at Anjalee, 05 during random sampling at Police Bazaar, one OPD patient of RP chest hospital.

Other districts include West Garo Hills with 10 cases (8-BSF, 02 during random sampling at Tikrikilla), East Garo Hills with 01, 06 in Ri- Bhoi (05 returnees and 01 through contact tracing), one health worker from a Corona Care Centre at East Jaintia Hills.

Meanwhile, the Meghalaya Government on Thursday, amended the Standard Operating Protocols (SOPs) in line with the new guidelines issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

The new guidelines were announced by Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong after a review meeting held in Shillong today.

Here are the key decisions that were taken during the meeting:

  • From tomorrow (August 21) onwards, returnees will only need to isolate themselves for ten days regardless of whether they test positive or negative by the antigen test at the entry point.
  • Those who test negative will have to undergo home isolation and positive returnees will be taken to the corona care centre but in both cases, they will have to be quarantined for ten days instead of 14 days.
  • For three months, starting September till November, the entry points set up by the government will be closed down during the first week i.e. from the first till the seventh of every month.
  • This decision was taken to reduce the pressure on the frontline workers posted at the designated entry points.

The Deputy Chief Minister has further requested the returnees to bear with the decision of the government and to change their travel itinerary accordingly.

Meanwhile, it was also decided to call for a meeting of all the MLAs of East Khasi Hills District with Chief Minister Conrad Sangma tomorrow, August 21 to discuss the COVID situation.

Tynsong added that thereafter, they will go to every district to have a close discussion with MLAs.

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