Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma under home quarantine after testing negative for COVID-19

Sangma, who is the National People’s Party chief, had travelled to Manipur and Delhi last week to resolve the political crisis that surfaced in the Manipur government, of which NPP is a major partner.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, who recently travelled to Manipur and Delhi, tested negative for COVID-19, official sources said on Sunday.

Sangma, who is the National People’s Party chief, had travelled to Manipur and Delhi last week to resolve the political crisis that surfaced in the Manipur government, of which NPP is a major partner.

The first test for COVID-19 was conducted on Sangma on June 22 and the second one on Sunday, an official at the CMO said.

Sangam visited Manipur capital Imphal on June 21 after four NPP MLAs, switched allegiance from the BJP-led ruling coalition to the Congress. As the crisis remains unresolved, the NPP chief again visited Imphal on June 23, and travelled to Delhi along with the NPP MLAs and to meet Home Minister, Amit Shah and BJP President JP Nadda.

The Meghalaya chief minister returned to his native state June 25. Once he reached Meghalaya, he has been under home quarantine for the past four days, according to sources.

Even though, he has tested COVID-19 negative, he will be under home quarantine for four more days before he resumes office as a precautionary measure, the official added.

The official informed that the team of officials and police, who accompanied the Chief Minister to Guwahati have also tested negative and are under home quarantine.

In the meantime, Meghalaya’s COVID-19 positive tally reached 50 on Sunday after two BSF personnel tested positive.

According to Health and Family Welfare Minister Alexander Laloo Hek, one of them returned from Haryana on June 26 and another is a driver engaged in transporting troopers from Assam to the BSFs Meghalaya Frontier Headquarters.

Meghalaya now has seven active cases and 42 recovered cases while one succumbed to the infection.

First Published:June 29, 2020, 11:39 a.m.

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