Meghalaya Deputy CM urges citizens to come forward for COVID tests

Addressing a press conference on Friday, he said the fight against COVID-19 ultimately goes down to every individual, and everyone has an equal responsibility to control the pandemic.

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SHILLONG: 

Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong has requested the citizens of the state to come forward for testing and self-care, amid the prevailing COVID situation. 

Addressing a press conference on Friday, he said the fight against COVID-19 ultimately goes down to every individual, and everyone has an equal responsibility to control the pandemic.

Calling for a joint fight, he stressed that individuals who experience mild symptoms don’t want to come forward for testing, and do not want to call on dedicated helpline numbers that are in place throughout the state.

The Minister has requested the citizens to isolate themselves if they experience any kind of COVID symptoms, they have been also urged to call on the dedicated numbers provided by the government.

“The state-reported 828 cases on Friday, this shows that the cases have not come down yet,” he said.

The government has set up a "war room helpline number in every block headquarter" in a bid to fight COVID.

Tynsong also raised concerns about COVID-19 patients falling into depression.

Advising patients, he said, “You should have a fighting spirit and not yield to the disease. We from the government have advised the hospitals that COVID-19 positive patients should be housed together so that they feel encouraged.”

Speaking about the recovery rate he said, the number of recoveries stands at 419, and people should see it as a positive sign and not get discouraged.

Funerals without fear

With regard to funeral rites, The Deputy CM said that there is still a sense of fear among the public to conduct the rituals and funerals of the people who succumb to COVID.

He concluded that the protocols are in place with regard to the body, and people should not have any kind of fear while conducting the last rites.

(Edited by Shankar Kumar Turha)

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