Shillong: The Delta Variant of COVID-I9 is more dominant in Meghalaya, with the potential to spread rapidly, especially in closed settings such as indoor meetings, the health officials cautioned on Saturday.
“Keeping in mind the need to hold meetings as an inevitable part of the dispensation of duties by the government offices, it is imperative to follow certain precautionary measures which should be strictly adhered to, by all individuals/participants attending such meetings,” Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare, P. Sampath Kumar, said.
In order to avoid spread of COVID 19, Kumar said online meeting/video-conferencing should be the preferred mode of conducting meetings or any programmes as much as possible.
“All participants in the meetings should wear a properly fitted mask, preferably an N95 or a 3-ply mask, surgical mask, covering nose, mouth and chin,” the health official said. “It has been observed that people tend to remove masks while speaking. The chance for the spread of the virus is extremely high while speaking, sneezing or coughing. Hence, removal of masks while speaking should be avoided. While sharing a dais for a programe the speaker speaking on the microphone should wear a mask to avoid infections,” Kumar underscored.
“Any refreshments during meetings are to be avoided. If refreshments are served, it is to be ensured that it is done before or after a programme, keeping in the mind the COVID-19 protocols. Buffet arrangement should be preferred for serving and having food in meetings, whereby adherence to COVID protocols is easier,” he added.
While attending meetings, the attendees may bring their own water bottles. E-Office should be encouraged preferably in all the departments, Kumar emphasised.
Meanwhile, the number of recoveries from COVID-19 infection surpassed the number of new infections in Meghalaya on Saturday with the recovery of 182 persons surging the number of recovered cases to 79,724 and the detection of 81 new positive cases adding up to 1,223 active cases, besides the deaths of two persons, one of whom was not vaccinated against the virus increasing the fatality figure to 1,417 in the State, which has so far registered 82,364 confirmed cases.