Govt directs all entrants to Meghalaya from UK to undergo RT-PCR test.

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The state government has asked all entrants to the State from or transited through the UK in the past 4 weeks 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.

This has come in wake of a new variant of  SARS-  CoV-2  virus that has been detected in the United  Kingdom  (UK) which is estimated to be more transmissible and affecting the younger population.

The Health Department is a Press release said, “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  7 days of institutional  quarantine followed by another  7 days of home quarantine, monitored  by the IDSP/District Surveillance Officers.”

Elaborating more on it, Sampath  Kumar, (IAS) Commissioner & Secretary Health & Family Welfare Department said, “ All those who have  entered   the  State  from the U.K.  in the  past  4  weeks  (from  25th November   to  23rd December  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 the 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 or the following  Numbers:-

IDSP Unit Contact  Number
State IDSP 9436105574/7085251352/9742384727
East Khasi  Hills 9615289714/8971052320
West Jaintia  Hills 9436106868/9620649028
West Khasi  Hills 8794735427/8861109352
Ri-Bhoi 9615991059/8787496155
West Garo  Hills 9436112376/9612793278
East Jaintia  Hills 8837071757/9791075838
South  Garo Hills 8731998727/9148850634
East Garo Hills 8974078414/9856823702
North Garo  Hills 961261 1821/9615280507
South  West Khasi  Hills 7005168115/9123521700
South  West Garo  Hills 8257061562/7892952672

In view of the new SARS-CoV-2 virus being detected, The Health Department cautioned the general public to strictly adhere to the health advisories.

“Always wear a mask covering your nose and mouth when you are in close proximity with someone, especially while speaking, singing, and praying,  this will prevent infection and contamination through droplets,” the Health Department said.

Further, requesting people to maintain physical distance at all times in public and personal spaces including at home,   workplace,  religious gatherings or while traveling in public or private transport, the department also asks the public to follow all the public health measures of infection prevention and control laid down by the State Government.