14-day quarantine period reduced to 10 days, all entry points to shut down in first week from September to November

Shillong Aug 20: The Meghalaya government on Thursday adopted the new guidelines issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) related to the number of days for self quarantine where a person who tested positive for COVID-19 have to be quarantined for ten days and no longer 14 days as it was earlier.

The state government also announced that all entry checking points would be shut down in the first week of every month from September to November.

After the review meeting here on Thursday, deputy chief minister, Prestone Tynsong told reporters that the state government after receiving the new guidelines from the ICMR, discussed the same in the review meeting chaired by chief minister, Conrad K Sangma and decided that the quarantine or self isolation period of 14 days has been reduced to 10 days.

Tynsong said that the new guidelines will be effective from Friday.

“Any returnee coming to state, they will have to first undergo antigen test at the entry points. Those found negative, will be allowed to go to their respective places but without mixing with anyone, and should do self quarantine or isolation for 10 days. However those tested positive, will be taken to the Corona care centre for further investigation,” Tynsong informed.

On the decision to shut down all entry checking points of the state in the first week of every month from September to November, Tynsong said that the one week period for closing down of the entry points is from 1st to 7th of every month.

“We took this decision in order to reduce the pressure on our frontline workers posted in those entry points. Our frontline workers need a break at least a week so that we can also carry out sanitization activities at the entry checking points,” Tynsong said.

The deputy chief minister urged all citizens of the state who planned to return to the state to bear with the government by not coming between 1st and 7th of every month from September to November.

Tynsong said that those who have already booked their flight/rail tickets should change the date of their journey.

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