SHILLONG, April 29 - Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today said that eight COVID-19 patients were found negative after new tests.
Apart from the eight patients, eight family members of the first COVID-19 patient were tested again and found negative.
The Chief Minister said the �eight positive cases will need to be tested again after 24 hours as per protocol to completely declare them as recovered�.
The State has not reported any new COVID-19 case in the past one week. There are technically 11 active cases in the State. However, a large number of people have been home-quarantined as they are primary or secondary contacts of the first COVID-19 patient.
On the other hand, a control room to oversee the COVID situation in the State was activated at the Chief Minister�s room. The control room will also be utilised for governance and mapping of health resources and food and civil supplies in the State, the Chief Minister said.
Meanwhile, the State Education Department has said that any decision to reopen educational institutions would be taken only after May 3. It is certain that the educational institutions would not be reopened in a hurry as the State Government would wait for the situation to stabilise across the State and the country first.