Shillong, May 16 : Twelve out of 873 returnees from Tamil Nadu were tested positive for antibodies by Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits in Meghalaya on Saturday, a health official said. “We have conducted another test on Truenat beta-CoV and the outcome of the test results of the four returnees in West Garo Hills district were negative for COVID-19,” Commissioner and Secretary for Health and Family Welfare P Sampath Kumar informed. He said the test results of the other eight returnees, which include seven from Shillong and one from Ri-Bhoi district, are awaited.
“We are expecting the outcome of the test later tonight,” Kumar added. “They (returnees) have not tested positive for COVID-19 but tested positive for antibodies,” he said Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong informed that all the 12 persons were immediately taken to the Quarantine Centres in their respective Districts and their samples were collected and sent for PCR test at North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) and Tura Civil Hospital. At present, Meghalaya has one active COVID-19 case. One person died, while 11 others have recovered. Meanwhile, Over 6000 residents of Meghalaya who were stranded across the country due to the lock-down returned to the State till Saturday, a government official said.
“Around 6200 stranded citizens including around 859 of them from Chennai and another 20 from Delhi have arrived so far,” a police official said. However, a bus carrying 15 stranded residents from Assam’s Guwahati railway station to Tura skidded off the road near Aguragre village in West Garo Hills district on Saturday morning due to extremely inclement weather and slippery slope. Police swung into action and rescued all the passengers, none of whom received any major injuries, the official said On the other hand, around 231 from Gujarat and 55 persons from Chennai are expected to reach the state on Sunday, the official said So far, around 8500 persons, including migrant workers and students have left the state for their destinations outside till date, the official said. He said all the stranded citizens were screened at entry points across the State bordering Assam before entering the State. (UNI)