Shillong, Sept 14: Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma and Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong tested negative for COVID-19, while Power Minister, James K Sangma tested positive through RT-PCR.
A private driver in the bungalow of the Chief Minister also tested positive, while 11 more persons tested positive for COVID-19 at the Raj Bhavan, Shillong, taking the total number of infections in the Governor House premises to 41. All the 41 persons are undergoing quarantine,” an official said.
Governor, Satya Pal Malik has tested negative for the viral infection.
Health and Family Welfare Minister, Alexander Laloo Hek said that contact tracing was being carried out to ascertain the cause of the virus spreading in the Raj Bhavan.
District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills, Isawanda Laloo has issued an order declaring the staff quarters behind the Raj Bhavan Campus, Shillong as a micro-containment area so as to restrict unregulated entry and exit on the site.
The swab samples of Chief Minister Conrad Sangma tested negative for COVID-19 through CB-NAAT, while the swab samples of the Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong, who had accompanied the CM to Delhi recently, also tested negative for the infection through RT-PCR and CB-NAAT test.
The Chief Minister returned from Manipur while the Deputy CM Prestone Tynsong came from Delhi.
Random testing was also conducted in the Chief Minister’s compound and altogether 70 persons were tested and the results are awaited.
Power Minister James K Sangma, who is also the elder brother of the Chief Minister, who had tested positive for COVID-19 through Rapid Antigen Test at the Bir Tikendrajit International airport in Imphal, Manipur on Saturday, has tested positive for the virus on a second re-test, which was conducted on Sunday through RT-PCR.
Director of Health Services (DHS), Dr Aman War said that two COVID 19 related deaths were registered in the city on MOnday, which include 46 year-old man and a 66 year-old man, both of whom had been suffering from other ailments.
The total number of COVID 19 fatalities in the state has increased to 28 in Meghalaya.
Meanwhile, 139 new COVID 19 cases were detected on Monday taking the total number of active cases to 1686, while 76 patients also recovered bringing the total number of recoveries to 2151 in the State so far.
So far, 3,864 COVID 19 cases have been detected in Meghalaya, of which, 1,686 are active cases, 28 deaths, and 2,151 persons who have recovered from the disease.