Meghalaya likely to become COVID-19 free state within this week, says Dy CM

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Shillong, April 29:

Meghalaya is likely to become a COVID-19 free state within this week if all goes well, says Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong here today.

"The samples of the remaining three active positive cases will be taken today since they are completing their 14 day's quarantine. If their report is negative then we will have to do another test after 24 hours to be able to declare that they are fully cured," Tynsong said while talking to reporters here today.

According to him, there are encouraging signs since the results of test samples of the eight COVID-19 patients which was received today had turned out negative.

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"We will be sending another test samples tomorrow of the eight active positive cases. If the result is again negative then we can give them a clean chit as being free from the virus," Tynsong said.

He said that the next few days is very crucial for the State to emerge victorious against COVID-19.

"I can tell the people that we are safe right now from this global pandemic at the moment," Tynsong said.

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Earlier, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma had informed that the test results of the eight positive patients from the eleven who were tested positive were retested and the results have come out negative.

It may be mentioned that till April 29, a total number of 1397 samples have been teste, out of which, 1288 test samples are negative, 12 positive (11 active + one deceased) and results of 97 test samples are awaited.

Stating that this is indeed a positive sign, the chief minister however said that the level of alertness must not come down and all preventive measures should continue.

Meanwhile, the state has started the use of the Rapid Test Kits for screening which was earlier put on hold following directions from ICMR.