December 28, 2020

Five returnees from UK tests negative for COVID-19

Five returnees from the United Kingdom who arrived in Meghalaya last month have tested negative for COVID-19, health authorities informed.

All the five had returned to Shillong on November 21.

“Though, the returnees from the United Kingdom have tested negative and show no symptoms for the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 virus. All five of them have been asked to isolate themselves and the health workers are keeping a close watch on their health status,” an official said.

It may be mentioned that with a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 virus detected in the United Kingdom which is estimated to be more transmissible and affecting the younger population, the government is taking extra precaution against the entry of people from that country to Meghalaya.

Any such persons from or transited through the United Kingdom in the past four weeks have been asked to declare their travel history of the past 14 days to the Surveillance Units in the State and at the Districts and undergo RT-PCR test, the state government had recently said.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, the State reported fewer COVID-19 cases with just five of them, all from East Khasi Hills district adding up to 226 active cases.

With 164 active COVID-19 cases, including 18 from among armed/paramilitary forces, East Khasi Hills, including Shillong is the most affected district in the State, even as the numbers of active cases in the ten other districts have been on a gradual decline.

The State also recorded 27 more recoveries from the viral infection, surging the number of recoveries to 13012.

The new recoveries registered on Sunday included 22 in East Khasi Hills district, two in Ri Bhoi district, one each in North Garo Hills district, South West Garo Hills district and West Garo Hills district, Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War said.

Till date, Meghalaya has reported a total of 13,376 confirmed COVID-19 cases out of which 226 are active, 138 fatalities and 113,012 are cases of recovery.

Source: Shillong Today

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