Shillong, May 30 : Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Friday hinted that COVID-19 positive cases might rise due to the large number of returnees, who have come from other parts of the country, including ‘red zones’. However, he voiced confidence that there is no community transmission of the disease yet in the State due to strict screening and testing protocols. Meghalaya has recorded 27 COVID-19 cases, of which 12 have recovered, one died and eight active and seven remain active and under treatment. In fact, all the 15 positive cases were recent returnees to the state from Tamil Nadu and DelhiHaryana.
“We should expect that there will be some more cases and this is not unexpected but we should not worry because of the fact that strict screening and testing protocols are being maintained," Sangma said in his video message transmitted via social media. “There is no chance of any kind of community transmission because of the fact that all of them will be kept in Corona Care Centres or Quarantine Centres,” the chief minister further added. “It is expected that we will see some positive cases coming up. I think the issue, which one has to think about is that number one is when people come in they must be screened properly, which I think you see that in almost all the North Eastern states, especially Meghalaya, where strict testing protocols are being maintained and screening is very strict,” he said.
Urging the citizens of the State not to be surprised about the spike in coronavirus infection cases, Sangma said, “I think it is important to note that community transmission should not happen and therefore there is nothing to be alarmed about. We should expect that there will be some more cases and there is nothing unexpected but we should not be worried as I said because of the fact that strict screening protocols are being maintained and there is no chance of any kind of community transmission because of the fact that all of them will be kept in Corona Care Centres or quarantine centres.” “All strict measures are being maintained and hopefully we will not see any kind of mass spread of this,” the Chief Minister expressed optimism. Till Friday, 10,655 stranded residents have returned to Meghalaya from various parts of the country. Several other residents of Meghalaya, who had been stranded in other states due to the ongoing nationwide lockdown are expected to reach the state over the next few days. (UNI)