SHILLONG, May 17 - The Meghalaya Government has ruled out any further relaxation in the State after 12 persons tested positive in rapid test were later found to be negative in Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RTPCR) test.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said, �Keeping in mind the inflow of Meghalaya citizens from different parts of the country, we have decided to maintain the current restrictions and no further relaxation is planned as of now. If there is any change, it will be notified accordingly.�
Last night, 12, out of 873 people, who returned from Chennai tested positive when they were tested using Rapid Test Kits.
Among them, four are from Garo Hills, one from Ri-bhoi district and seven from East Khasi Hills district.
This sent the State Government into a heightened alert and the samples of all of them were sent for RTPCR test. The tests were conducted at NEIGRIHMS and Tura Civil Hospital, which confirmed that the samples were negative for COVID-19.
In another development, one COVID-19 patient who is under institutional quarantine has tested negative. The person�s samples will be sent for retest after 24 hours for confirmation and the patient would be discharged if the test result comes out negative again.
The CM added, �Retest of the lone active case (positive patient) was done again, and the test has come out negative. As per protocol the patient will have to be tested again after 24 hours.�