Though no positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been found in Meghalaya so far, the State Government has sounded a high alert as the number of positive cases is rising in Assam.
The government has alerted the doctors and directed the departments to stockpile medicines to face any eventually. The COVID-19 care facilities have also been set up to treat affected patients.
Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong told media that the State Government is taking all measures to prevent the possible outbreak of the virus in the State.
He mentioned that every vehicle entering the State carrying essential commodities is being checked, he added.
Tynsong also mentioned that the Meghalaya government is strictly monitoring the prices of essential commodities during the lockdown period.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that to arrest the spread of coronavirus, the inter-State border and the international border have been closed. The traditional village heads have been instructed to ensure cross-border movement does not take place.
7,700 people have already been quarantined in the State. On the other hand, 66 people have been tested and all the results are negative.
There are seven hospitals with ventilator care in Meghalaya. The civil hospitals at Shillong and Tura have been converted into coronavirus isolation centres.
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