The swab samples of Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma have tested negative for Novel Coronavirus in the RT-PCR test, Health and Family Welfare Minister AL Hek informed on June 23.
Sangma, who is also the national president of the National People’s Party, had gone to Manipur on June 21 and returned to the state the same evening. He was accompanied by Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
“His (Sangma) swab samples tested negative for COVID-19 and he can join office,” Hek said.
The chief minister’s swab samples had been collected on his return from Manipur and sent for testing to the North Eastern Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences in Shillong on June 22.
According to the health protocol, Hek said that anybody who goes outside the state has to undergo testing on return and if the test results are negative only then can one join work.
“Until and unless the report is not out such persons have to remain quarantined,” the Health and Family Welfare minister said.
Four Patients Recover From COVID-19
On June 23, four more patients have recovered from COVID-19 reducing the number of active cases to four in Meghalaya.
Health and Family Welfare Minister AL Hek said all four of them are from West Jaintia Hills district.
Meanwhile, samples sent for testing for COVID-19 in the state till Tuesday afternoon were 16,931, out of which 16,585 tested negative and results of 300 were awaited till the filing of this report.
Meghalaya, so far has registered 46 COVID-19 cases, which include one death, four active and 37 recoveries.
On the other hand, 17,692 residents of Meghalaya who had been stranded in other parts of the country due to the lockdown returned to the state till June 23, even as more such people are expected to come in, the minister said.