Villagers build COVID-19 quarantine centres for over 4,680 returnees to Meghalaya

In Shillong, Nongmensong has set up two quarantine centres – St Claret’s School and St Jerome’s School in the locality, while a similar initiative is on under Sohiong constituency, East Khasi Hills

Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong has said that till date a total of 4,681 people from the Northeast region and other parts of the country have reached Meghalaya.

“Some are quarantining themselves in their respective houses while most are in designated quarantine centres created by the dorbar shnongs,” Tynsong said.

Most of the villages and localities have set up quarantine centres for stranded residents of the state.

In Shillong, Nongmensong has set up two quarantine centres – St Claret’s School and St Jerome’s School in the locality, while a similar initiative is on under Sohiong constituency, East Khasi Hills. In Mawkyrwat South West Khasi Hills, a village quarantine centre has also been set up.

“The state government will provide food for those staying in such quarantine centres,” the deputy chief minister said. He said that there are a few villages and localities which have not allowed those who have come from outside the state to stay under home quarantine and have created their own centres.

Tynsong also informed that during a meeting held between the traditional heads and the government, the former has expressed their willingness to work together with the state when these stranded residents reach Meghalaya.

Home quarantine violation

There have been cases of violating of home quarantine norms in Meghalaya. According to Tynsong, the government detected about 400 such returnees, who broke home quarantine.

“Our volunteers informed the traditional heads and they also went to the houses and these people were counseled and assured that they won’t violate protocols again,” he said. According to Tynsong, the government has a system to track people who are home quarantining themselves.

2,597 test negative for coronavirus

The Dy CM also informed that 4,681 samples have been sent for testing so far out of which 2,597 tested negative and results awaited are 102. So far Meghalaya has recorded 13 Covid-19 positive cases out of which 11 have recovered, one succumbed to the virus and one case remains active.

Newmai News Network |SHILLONG

First Published:May 18, 2020, 7:55 p.m.