Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, even as all high risk contacts have been asked to get tested and go for home isolation.
“I have tested positive for #Covid-19. I am under home isolation and experiencing mild symptoms. I request all those who came in contact with me in the past 5 days to kindly keep a watch on their health and if necessary get tested. Stay safe,” Sangma tweeted.
Speaking to reporters, Health Minister Alexander Laloo Hek said that the health condition of the chief minister is stable although he has shown ‘very mild symptoms’. “Doctors are available anytime (to attend and monitor the health condition of the CM). The CM will be tested again after five days,” Hek said.
Governor undergoes test
Following CM Sangma’s infection, Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik has undergone COVID-19 test.
Malik had met a delegation led by Conrad Sangma at Raj Bhavan on December 9. The issues related to the Inner Line Permit (ILP) and Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security (Amendment) Bill, 2020 were taken up during the meeting.
Sources informed that the Governor has been tested for COVID-19 at 5 pm today hours after news broke about the CM being tested positive. The test result is being awaited. It is also reported that all the immediate staff of the Governor has also been tested.
It may be mentioned here that the chief minister is the sixth political leader tested positive for COVID-19 in the state, after former chief minister’s daughter and Ampati legislator, Miani D Shira also self-declared on twitter on December 5.
Earlier, Health Minister AL Hek, Power Minister James Sangma, Transport Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar and Phulbari legislator SG Esmatur Mominin had also tested positive for the virus and subsequently recovered.
Sources further informed that all meetings at the Raj Bhavan have also been cancelled following the incident.