Meghalaya CM tests corona negative

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma has tested negative for novel coronavirus, an official said on Monday.

Sangma’s swab sample was tested first on June 22 and then again on Sunday. “Both the samples were found negative,” an official at the Chief Medical Officer’s office in Shillong said.

The national President of ruling National People’s Party (NPP) has been in home quarantine for several days after his return to Shillong from Delhi and Imphal.

The NPP supremo had gone to Imphal after four of his party ministers pulled out from the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Manipur government on June 17. He also accompanied the aggrieved party MLAs to Delhi, where the Meghalaya Chief Minister held meetings with union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national President JP Nadda on June 25 before he returned to Imphal on June 26 and then to Shillong on the same day via Guwahati.

According to the CMO official, a team of officials and police personnel, who accompanied the Chief Minister to different places, had also tested negative for coronavirus but are also in home quarantine.

Meanwhile, Sangma tweeted that two more Border Security Force men have tested positive in Shillong, taking the total nCoV cases in Meghalaya to 50, including 7 active cases and one death.

One of the BSF personnel had returned from Haryana on June 26 whereas another is a driver engaged in transporting troopers from Assam to the paramilitary force’s Meghalaya Frontier headquarters in Shillong.