SHILLONG, June 26 - After a person, who had returned from Assam, tested positive for COVID-19 here, the Meghalaya Government has appealed to its citizens to avoid travelling to Assam at the moment as cases are surging in that State.
Health Minister AL Hek said that the person who has been confirmed positive, is a resident of Umden in Ri-Bhoi district and had gone to Guwahati for some work.
The total active cases in the State has now risen to four. Out of the total 47 positive cases, there are 42 recoveries. One person has died, Hek said in a media briefing today.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said that the situation in Assam, which has seen a surge in cases, was discussed in detail in a review meeting.
Tynsong said people are being advised not to travel to Assam unless it is very urgent. Similarly, people from Assam have also been requested not to visit Meghalaya.
�The State Government has directed the Chief Secretary to issue an order through the deputy commissioners to appeal to the citizens to avoid going to Guwahati, Assam, except under unavoidable circumstances and that too with proper permission,� Tynsong said.
Meanwhile, it has been decided to reopen hotels in the State from July 1. The decision was taken after receiving inputs from the deputy commissioners and other officials concerned. Necessary health protocols and SOPs have been issued in this regard and the deputy commissioners will take necessary action.
On providing relief to school students by waiving 50 per cent of the tuition fees, Tynsong said that a draft notification has been approved of by the Government, which will be circulated on Saturday.
Tynsong said that some changes have been effected in the Government�s earlier decision with regard to inclusion of private hostels and paying guest (PG) accommodation.