SHILLONG, Dec 11 - Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and asked people who met him in the past five days, to be cautious.
�I have tested positive for COVID-19. I am under home isolation and experiencing mild symptoms,� Sangma tweeted.
�I request all those who came in contact with me in the past five days to kindly keep a watch on your health, and if necessary get tested. Stay safe,� he added.
Sangma had been busy during the past few days following pressure from NGOs to implement the inner line permit (ILP) regime in the State. He had also met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Wednesday in this connection.
Apart from attending his office at the Secretariat, the Chief Minister also attended a Cabinet meeting and interacted with officials and other delegates in the past week.
Health and Family Welfare Minister AL Hek said that the Chief Minister had tested positive for COVID-19 through a TrueNat test. He said the Chief Minister had volunteered to get himself tested after felt uneasy.
The swab samples of his family members will also be collected for tests. It is not known if the Cabinet ministers will also undergo tests as a precautionary measure.
The Chief Minister will miss the inauguration ceremony of the facilitation centre, meant to facilitate entry and exit into and from the State, at Umling on December 21 if he does not recover by that date or decides to undergo a 14-day isolation period.
Sangma is the seventh Meghalaya legislator to have tested positive for COVID-19. Earlier, three Cabinet ministers � Hek, James Sangma and Sniawbhalang Dhar � had tested positive for COVID-19.