Shillong (Meghalaya), Dec 24 : A new variant of SARS- CoV-2 virus has been detected in United Kingdom (UK) which is estimated to be more transmissible and affecting younger population. In view thereof, all entrants to the State from or transited through UK in the past 4 weeks (from Nov 25to Dec 23 ) are required to declare their travel history (of past 14 days) to the Surveillance Units in the State and at the Districts and undergo RT-PCR test.
All those tested positive shall be isolated in an institutional isolation facility in a separate (isolation) unit coordinated by the State Health Authorities. Those who are found negative on testing with RT-PCR are to undergo 7 days of institutional quarantine followed by another 7 days of home quarantine, monitored by the IDSP/District Surveillance Officers.
All those who have entered the State from U.K. in the past 4 weeks (from Nov 25 to Dec 23) are required to self-monitor for development of symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 i.e. Fever, Cough, Difficulty in breathing for 28 days from the date of arrival from UK. In case of development of symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty in breathing), put on a mask immediately, isolate oneself at home and inform the District Surveillance Officer or contact State Helpline 108 or the following Numbers:-
IDSP Unit Contact Number
State IDSP 9436105574/7085251352/9742384727
East Khasi Hills 9615289714/8971052320
West Jaintia Hills 9436106868/9620649028
West Khasi Hills 8794735427/8861109352
West Garo Hills 9436112376/9612793278
East Jaintia Hills 8837071757/9791075838
South Garo Hills 8731998727/9148850634
East Garo Hills 8974078414/9856823702
North Garo Hills 961261 1821/9615280507
South West Khasi Hills 7005168115/9123521700
South West Garo Hills 8257061562/7892952672
In view of the new SARS-CoV-2 virus being detected, it is important to exercise extra caution. Hence the residents are urged to strictly adhere to the following advisories:
1. Always wear a mask covering your nose and mouth when you are in close proximity with someone, especially while speaking, singing and praying. This will prevent infection and contamination through droplets.
2. Maintain physical distance at all times in public and personal spaces including at
home, workplace, religious gatherings or while travelling in public or private transport.
3. Follow all the public health measures of infection prevention and control laid down
by the State Government.