JORABAT, April 19 - Government agencies in Meghalaya have stepped up screening of long-distance truck drivers, who are transporting essential items to the State, for COVID-19.
To ensure that the truckers do not carry the coronavirus, the Meghalaya police have intensified checking at the inter-State border with Assam here as a result of which a large number of trucks got snarled up.
The screening is being carried out on National Highway-6 at12th Mile near Byrnihat. They are making sure that body temperature of every person entering the State be checked and recorded as part of the measures to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
Speaking to The Assam Tribune, Superintendent of Police of Meghalaya�s Ri-Bhoi district C Syrti urged the citizens to abide by the directives. �Though the checking may cause a little inconvenience to the truckers, it is absolutely necessary to screen every person entering the State for COVID-19 to limit the spread of the virus,� the SP said.
The Meghalaya police are also giving face masks, hand sanitiser and water bottles for free to people entering the State.