SHILLONG: Unlike the neighbouring State of Assam, there has been no spike in COVID-19 cases in Meghalaya. Till late Saturday, while the number of active case is five; 42 have recovered. The State has registered only one casualty in April due to the pandemic so far. People involved in combating the virus said that the main reason is the adherence to the Standard Operational Protocols (SOPs) as aid down by the government.
Meanwhile, with Guwahati going for a fresh lockdown to check coronavirus, the Meghalaya government has once again urged its citizens to avoid visiting Guwahati or Dispur, except for emergency purposes.
After the COVID-19 outbreak 18,370 proffesionals and students have returned to the State. While some have gone for institutional quarantine in COVID Care Centres set up by the government, others have gone for home quarantine.
Keeping in mind the increased inflow of returnees, 153 paid rooms in nine hotels of the capital city have been already requisitioned. The room rate varies from Rs 1,000 to Rs 3000 daily. Already, 645 active community quarantine centres have been set up across the State.