Meghalaya bars entry of travellers from UK

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Amid issues over the detection of a mutated and extra infectious pressure of Covid-19 within the UK, the Meghalaya authorities has barred the entry of people from the European nation into the state.

The authorities has additionally urged individuals who have not too long ago returned from Britain or transited by the nation to remain in isolation and inform the federal government about their journey historical past, in accordance with an official order.

“Tourists coming from the UK are prohibited from entering the state with immediate effect in view of the (detection of) a new highly infectious Covid-19 strain.

“All entrants to the state (who have come) from or transited through the UK in the past 4 weeks (from 25th November to 23rd December 2020) are required to declare their travel history (of past 14 days) to the surveillance units in the state and undergo RT-PCR test,” Chief Secretary MS Rao mentioned within the order issued on Wednesday.

He requested folks to put on masks whereas stepping out of houses and abide by different Covid-19 protocols.

Sampath Kumar, the commissioner and secretary in- cost of the well being division, mentioned that these with journey historical past to the UK can be put underneath quarantine in a separate isolation unit.

“If they test negative for the infection, they would have to undergo seven-day institutional quarantine, followed by another seven days of home quarantine,” Kumar mentioned, including that district surveillance officers can be monitoring them.

Official sources mentioned 5 folks with current journey historical past to the UK have been detected within the state to this point, and well being staff are presently attending to them.

Meghalaya has recorded 13,298 instances of Covid-19 to this point, of which 135 have succumbed to the illness.

(This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.)

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