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Mandatory for travellers to Meghalaya to register

The revised protocols were issued because of the surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in many States of the country “with the possibility of the emergence of new strains requiring immediate steps to be taken to contain the spread of the virus in the State.”

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Shillong: The Meghalaya government on Saturday issued a revised protocol making it mandatory for all people entering the State to register themselves before their travel at http://meghalayaonline.gov.in/covid/testing.htm, and to download the Arogya Setu App and the Behavioural Change Management App of Meghalaya from Google play store.

The revised protocols were issued because of the surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in many states of the country “with the possibility of the emergence of new strains requiring immediate steps to be taken to contain the spread of the virus in the State.”

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In a notification signed by Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare, Sampath Kumar said, “All entrants, other than those from the North Eastern States shall carry a valid RT PCR/CBNAAT/TruNat negative certificate else they will be tested with RTPCR on cost

basis.”

“The COVID negative report will be valid only if they were tested within 72 hours of their arrival at the entry point. All entrants tested by RT-PCR at the entry point should go into home quarantine or paid quarantine till the test results are declared,” the notification specified.

“Entrants coming with a COVID negative report but showing symptoms on arrival at the entry point will have to be mandatorily tested by RT-PCR. Persons entering the State from any State or Union Territory possessing a valid final certificate of vaccination shall be exempted from testing,” the notification said, adding that “Day-trippers” from the North Eastern States would be tested using RAT.

“All entrants tested by RT-PCR at the entry point should go into home quarantine or paid quarantine till the test results are declared. The test results are usually available within 48 hours. If tested negative, which shall be communicated through an SMS or can be checked online at www.coronamegh.in, such individuals can carry on with their daily activities or work normally,” the notification specified.

“It is mandatory for all international travellersrs entering the state to produce a negative RTPCR test report. The report will be valid only if they were tested within 72 hours of their arrival. If they are unable to do so, their sample must be collected at the entry point and shall be sent for RTPCR testing,” the notification emphasised.

“All international travellers should be under home quarantine for seven days from the date of their arrival regardless of their test results,” the notification read.

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