Meghalaya Covid-19 event

Timeline

The kind of global response and reaction in the wake of this pandemic has been staggering. Most of us are inundated by the cluster of news and information that visit our inboxes daily whether we welcome them or not. Every day, a new wave of information sweeps us and it is easy to lose perspective. The timeline below is created with this in mind; to help us navigate through the chain of events in a structured manner. We hope this comes in handy to whoever it may assist. The timeline for Meghalaya is chalked in white while global and national events are in yellow. Please note that certain segments contain prompts to see more information – look out for the [square brackets].

Global - First report

A machine translation of a Chinese media report about the outbreak is posted to ProMED. WHO headquarters in Geneva sees the ProMED post and instructs the WHO China Country Office to request verification of the outbreak from China’s government.

Name for new virus

WHO announced a name for the new coronavirus disease: COVID-19.

GOI stops issuing new visas

Indian government stopped issuing of new visas. Previously issued visas for the nationals of Italy, Iran, South Korea, and Japan were suspended

Compulsory screening of all international passengers

Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, announced compulsory screening of all international passengers arriving in India.

Schools across Delhi would be shut until 31 March

The Government of Delhi announced that all primary schools across Delhi would be shut until 31 March as a precaution.

Sealing Bangla border an option: Conrad

The state government will examine the possibility of sealing the state's border with Bangladesh and could even consider imposing restrictions on travel in view of the threat posed by coronavirus.

Meghlaya remains alert

Chief Secretary MS Rao issues a series of directions to ensure that the state is free from the spread of the virus.

Janta Curfew Announced

During a 30-minute live telecast, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks all citizens to observe 'Janata Curfew' (people's curfew) on 7 am to 9 pm on 22 March.

24hr shutdown in state

24-hr shutdown in state from midnight. 50% of government staff to work from home.

Corona Virus Day (CAD) Observed in state.

CAD observed in Meghalaya [Video] | All tests negative: CM | Congress MLAs write to CM on preparedness | State govt warns against overcharging, hoarding.

Janta Curfew

Janata Curfew (7am to 9pm) | Entry into state restricted to 11 points | 

1 Day Open 2 Days Closed

The state government adopts a model of one day open and two days' closure from 23rd March to 25 March so that social distancing can be effectively enforced in the state.

Curfew extended in EKH

The East Khasi Hills District Magistrate, M. War, has extended curfew from 6 am of March 31 to 6am of April 3 to contain the spread of coronavirus.

NEIGRIHMS ready to increase number of coronavirus tests

The North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), which is the only testing centre for COVID-19 in Meghalaya, so far tested more than 50 cases and now the institute is ready to increase the number of tests if required. Concerns have been raised on the low number of tests done in the institute.

Lights off for nine minutes

Evening in Shillong was usual with no disruption in electricity supply, the people of Garo Hills, including Tura, joined the rest of the country in expressing solidarity with medics and those in the frontline in the battle against COVID-19.

Doctor dies, family members test positive

Shillong woke up to hear the passing away of first positive COVID-19 patient, Dr John L Sailo Ryntathiang, early Wednesday morning. He was tested positive on Monday.

Two more test positive for COVID-19

Two more family members of Dr. John L Sailo Ryntathiang, who passed away on Wednesday, tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday taking the number to nine in the state while the Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma, said that the entire government machinery was working overtime to fight against the spread of the disease and that more testing would be done.

One more tests positive, EKH now a Red Zone

The East Khasi Hills district has been tagged as Red Zone or COVID-19 hotspot and in a related development, one more person was tested positive on Monday.

State uses rapid test kits as ICMR buys time

Meghalaya has started using rapid test kits though the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Tuesday asked the states to wait for two days.

Govt nod to start economic activities

The state government today notified activities that would be permitted in the state from Friday, with certain restrictions for Shillong Urban Agglomeration and Mylliem Block of East Khasi Hills district.

State warns of action against fair price shops flouting norms

The state government has warned action against fair price shops flouting rules and denying ration to card holders.

Despite crisis, govt to release salary of staff

Despite the financial crunch and temporary reduction of workforce in government offices due to COVID-19, the disbursement of salary to the staff will be as usual.

CMs want lockdown to continue: Conrad

The ongoing lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 is likely to continue beyond May 3 with consensus across the country tilted in favour of status quo. The lockdown, which was initially scheduled to end on April 14, was extended till May 3 with the number of people affected by the disease growing steadily.

Now, M’laya has only 3 active positive cases

Meghalaya now has only three active coronavirus cases after the retest of 8 positive coronavirus patients showed negative result.

Homecoming relief for stranded citizens

"If anything has to happen to me let it happen at home and not away from home"

CM inaugurates state’s biggest corona care centre at IIM Umsawli

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Thursday inaugurated the corona care centre at Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Umsawli here, which is the biggest facility in the state with 258 separate rooms for effective isolation of suspected, negative-tested and positive-tested cases.

2000 returnees placed under home quarantine

Almost 2000 persons have arrived in the state and they are placed under home quarantine.

COVID meet raises voice against stigmatisation

Don't stigmatise COVID-19 patients, the disease can strike you, too. Don't be afraid of the virus, just follow the standard protocols to keep the pandemic at bay

All cases test negative ‘Restrictions to continue’

Though the seven returnees and the maid were tested negative on Sunday, the restrictions in the state will continue.

Meghalaya now COVID-19 free

The state turned COVID-19-free today after the last patient tested negative on the day second time in 24 hours and was declared as recovered, but the government remained guarded.

COVID-19 returns to state; first in GH

The Garo Hills recorded its first case of COVID-19 after a woman returnee from Tamil Nadu tested positive for the disease on today evening

State ill-equipped to handle institutional quarantine

The state government is not equipped to handle large scale institutional quarantine.

COVID management takes political colour

The COVID-19 management in the state took on a political colour today in the Assembly with the Opposition Congress accusing the ruling NPP for taking undue credit.

State’s daily testing capacity goes up to 400

The state government has ramped up its capacity for RT-PCR test while it has 529 dedicated beds for treatment of COVID-19 at hospitals and health centres besides 21 ICU beds.

Iewduh to remain shut, new trades find favour

Meghalaya's biggest commercial market,Iewduh or Bara Bazar would continue to remain closed for some more time, while an array of business establishments related to the common use of consumers have been given green signal to resume operations.

Containment zones lockdown till June 30

The nation wide lockdown in containment zones will continue till June 30 but extensive relaxations including opening of religious places and shopping malls in a phased manner from June 8 are listed in the Union Home Ministry’s fresh guidelines on tackling the COVID-19 pandemic issued on Saturday.

Govt makes home quarantine optional

The state government has made it clear that home quarantine is not compulsory as there is option for institutional quarantine.

Nod to inter-district travel, all shops to open

The state government has announced more relaxations as it decided to lift the inter-district movement within the state with immediate effect while allowing 50 per cent of private and public transport to operate throughout the state including Shillong agglomeration.

HC asks state to ensure safety of citizens

The High Court of Meghalaya has asked the state government to strictly ensure that safety of the public is maintained especially in centres of testing or wherever a sizeable number of persons are likely to assemble.

Religious places in state to reopen on June 14

Church goers will have to take off their shoes before attending Sunday congregations in churches, according to new health protocols issued by the government after notifying reopening of all religious places in the state from June 14 next.

Suggestion for random screening in city

With the rise in positive COVID cases, suggestions have emerged for random checking of persons in parts of the city, including Police Bazar and Laitumkhrah.
Three more residents who returned to Jowai from Delhi and Uttarakhand have tested positive for COVID-19 today and they are under quarantine.

Govt permits weddings in places of worship

Though places of worship would continue to remain closed, the state government today allowed marriages to be solemnised in churches and other places of worship.

WHO pat for state on COVID management

Impressed with the way the state has handled COVID-19, Surveillance Medical Officer of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr N Roy, believes that the country can learn from it how the community can deal with the pandemic while saying that all have to now learn to live with the virus.

Restaurants,salons, parlours in state to open from Monday

In its continued attempt to ease the situation arising out of the lockdown, the state government today decided to permit restaurants, salons, beauty parlours and barber shops to resume business from June 22 with certain restrictions.

Hek, health officials clarify on faulty test result

The Health & Family Welfare Minister, AL Hek, today visited Umsamlem village in Ri Bhoi district to quell people’s anger and clarify over a faulty COVID test of a 70 year old man which showed positive recently.

Protocols in place for reopening markets, saloons, restaurants

After a prolonged wait of several months, markets, saloons and beauty parlours, and restaurants are set to resume businesses from Monday after the government gave the long awaited nod.

Iewduh reopens today under strict surveillance

Iewduh, always known to be bustling market place, is all set to reopen today after a lockdown for three months, but is going tobe a pale shadow of its hey days

Govt asks people not to visit state

Concerned over the spike in COVID-19 cases in Assam and the rest of the country, the state government has decided to further strengthen the entry and exit points while appealing to people not to visit the state now.

Pasteur, Tura centres to boost COVID testing

Even as Meghalaya continues to keep its COVID graph remarkably low, there seems tobe no let up on efforts to put up a robust health surveillance system in place, especially in respect of testing facility. At least two more testing centres are in the pipeline at Tura and Pasteur Institute here

Byrnihat to Khanapara under lockdown

The state government has imposed lockdown in areas under Byrnihat, Jorabat till Khanapara. Chief Minister Conrad Sangma tweeted today that the government has decided that the locations in Meghalaya bordering Guwahati will be under lockdown due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in Assam.

Business dull a week after Iewduh reopening

A week after Iewduh reopened partially, the traditional market still has a relatively low footfall even as hand hygiene is followed but maintaining physical distancing is proving to be a tough task.

BSF area in Umpling now a containment zone

The state government has declared the area where the BSF personnel are residing at Umpling as a containment zone.

Two more test positive, 14 active cases now

Two more persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Ri-Bhoi district today

Govt orders random testing

Concerned over spurt in COVID-19 cases in the neighbouring Guwahati, the state government has ordered the health department to go for random testing in areas from Byrnihat to Khanapara bordering

44 contacts of wedding party patients traced

The Health department today said it has traced 44 high risk contacts of the two persons, who attended a wedding at Greenwood Resort at Khanapara, and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 while the number of active cases in the state has gone up to 54.

Ready for second wave of virus: Govt

The state government on Tuesday complimented itself for effectively managing the COVID-19 situation, while also asserting that all necessary precautions have been putin place to counter any possible second wave of attack from the pandemic.

Meghalaya among three states with lowest cases

Amid a staggering rise in COVID-19 cases in the country, the North-eastern states of Meghalaya, Mizoram and Sikkim and the Union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands have recorded the lowest number of cases.

The team has tried to make this timeline as chronologically accurate as possible, however, should any errors be detected, we request you to kindly reach to us on the contact page. This Timeline has been put together by The Northeast India AV Archive, St. Anthony’s College, Shillong.