SHILLONG: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has said that the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the Northeast in general and Meghalaya in particular is due to the coming in of stranded students and migrant workers from other parts of the country especially from Red Zones.
The Chief Minister also said that there could be a possibility of rise in cases with the coming in of the returnees.
"It is expected that we will see some positive cases coming up," Sangma said.
It may be pointed out that 14 positive cases were recent returnees to the State from Tamil Nadu and Delhi-Haryana.
Meanwhile, he urged that the people should not be surprised if there is rise in number of COVID-19 patients in the days to come.
"With people coming in from other States who were stranded, we should expect that there will some more cases and there is nothing unexpected but we should not be worry about as I have said because of the fact that strict screening protocol and strict testing protocol are being maintained," the Chief Minister reiterated.
He also said that in the State there is no chance of any kind of community transmission because of the fact that all of them will be kept in Corona Care Centres or quarantine centres.
Sangma pointed out that strict measures are being maintained even as he hoped that Meghalaya will not see any kind of mass spread of the virus.