Meghalaya: No coronavirus case detected in state; Govt on high alert


Shillong, Mar 06:

In the wake of corona viruses being detected in various parts of the country, Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma informed that the medical treatment centre will be made available at the Umroi Airport to screen passengers who arrive at the airport for novel corona virus.

"The medical screening centre will be an addition to the screening centre which is already in place at the airport," Sangma told reporters here today.

He said that the screening of the passengers at the Umroi airport is already on.


He said that passengers from 12 countries are being screened, including those from Kathmandu, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia at the international aiport in view of the outbreak of the corona virus.

Meghalaya Chief Minister also informed that 13 hospitals in the various districts of the state have isolation ward.

"We have instructed various private hospitals and also the militant hospital on the need to have an isolation ward," Sangma said.

Meanwhile, he said that it is not an appropriate move to ban tourists from entering the State.

"Certain countries' visa arrival and entry has been blocked. Banning and stopping of people is not always the answer. It is important to ensure that we have different mechanisms to deal with this kind of situation," Sangma said.

He further informed that there are 61 students from the State who are studying in virus-affected countries like China.

"We have almost close to 61 students who had come from China and countries infected by the virus. For 28 days these students have been kept under observation. I am happy that 54 of them have come out clean. The remaining seven of them are expected to come out of the observation within the next few days," he said.

Meanwhile, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Alexander Laloo Hek informed that so far not a single case of corona virus has been detected in the State.