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Meghalaya issues revised protocols for entry points

SHILLONG: The Meghalaya government on Wednesday issued revised protocols for people entering the state in supersession of the earlier in May.

The state government has made it mandatory for all persons entering the state to register themselves prior to their travel and to download the Arogya setu app and the behavioral change management app of Meghalaya.

RT-PCR testing at the entry points will be mandatorily conducted for all persons visiting the state irrespective of any other COVID negative reports, the order stated.

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Samples for the RT-PCR test will be taken at the entry point on a payment basis. Once tested, the person will have to undergo either home or paid quarantine for 7 days regardless of the test results.

The order further stated that those who will exit the state the same day shall also be required to undergo an RT-PCR test and the result shall be communicated to them
“On entry, they shall strictly confine to their place of work and exit on the same day”, it read.

People who have a valid final certificate of vaccination shall be exempted from testing at the entry points.

Government officials, technical staff, and logistics experts who are engaged to perform duties related to health, telecommunication, or other agencies’ services to the state certified by the home (political) department shall also be exempted from the test.

However, if a person shows any symptoms on arrival at the entry point shall be mandatorily tested by RT-PCR, the order further stated.

The state government advised the people to monitor their health for 10 days from the date of entry into the state.

Meghalaya extended the ongoing lockdown in the state to June 14 amid the rise in the number if COVID-19 cases.

The state, so far, has recorded 39983 cases of COVID-19 with 4849 active cases. A total of 34440 patients have recovered while 710 people succumbed to the virus.

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