by NEWSNER , 2021-04-27 10:18:01
Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma has termed the COVID-19 situation within the state “very serious” and urged the citizens to strictly adhere to health protocols.
As COVID-19 cases keep it up mounting with Meghalaya reporting 130 new cases and another fatality on April 26, Sangma said that things will turn worse if health protocols aren't followed strictly.
“The situation is extremely serious and if we don't take the proper steps at now, we could see things getting from bad to worse,” he said after a review meeting on the prevailing health situation within the state.
As approximately 65 percent of the returnees are testing positive for COVID-19, Sangma said the Meghalaya government has decided to ask the returnees to compulsorily quarantine for seven days albeit RT-PCR tests show negative results.
He said if the present trend of positive cases continues the way it's, things could become extremely difficult by mid-May.
“Though the virus is spreading faster this point, the sole bright side during this whole is that there's an answer which is that the vaccination which we are pushing at the earliest,” he added.
“As you're aware, the numbers are still high, and that we still see the positive rate together of the very best within the past 12-14 months. Therefore, things are serious and different sorts of containment strategies are adopted,” the Meghalaya CM said.
“We are watching a situation where we would like to avoid lockdown but at an equivalent time to contain things, we'd like to place more and more restrictions a minimum of within the Shillong city area,” Sangma emphasized.
Sangma, who has already had about the infection, got himself vaccinated for the second dose of Covishield on April 26.
“I appeal to those eligible to require their vaccine shot in centers near them,” he said.