Meghalaya sees its first 5 omicron cases as Covid

The Meghalaya government on Monday decided to regulate entry into the state. (file)

Guwahati: Health officials said on Tuesday that Meghalaya has detected its first five cases of the Omicron type, of which three are from Shillong, while the remaining two are from Ribhoi district.

“Two are from Seiden, one from Langkirding. One each from Happy Valley and Latumkhara,” said a health department official.

All the three people who tested positive for Omicron in Shillong are returnees from outside the state, while the positive Omicron case found in Langkirding in Shillong is a tourist from Assam.

The Meghalaya government on Monday decided to regulate entry into the state, along with some other restrictions from January 5, to prevent the outbreak of the Omicron version of the coronavirus.

After chairing a review meeting on the state’s COVID-19 situation, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said, “Keeping in mind the economic activities of the people, and with the aim of ensuring that we continue the economic activities.” With the least impact, the government has decided to impose some restrictions in the state of Meghalaya in the next few days.”

On Meghalaya’s new entry requirements, he said, “In addition to double immunization, you will need a 72-hour certificate of a COVID test and if not, you will be tested at entry points to the state.” He informed that the purpose of these measures is to ensure that all precautions are taken when people travel in the state.

Regarding additional restrictions, Sangma said that soon gatherings will be banned, vehicular movement will be banned and night curfew will also be imposed in the state.

“All these restrictions will start from January 5,” he said, adding that some more restrictions will be issued by the Meghalaya government in the coming days.

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