Shillong: Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma called an all-party meeting on Thursday to discuss the way forward in dealing with the worsening COVID-19 situation in the state.

Deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong said that all the MLAs have agreed to support the government in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic amid a sharp surge in cases in Meghalaya.

“Government has requested all local MLAs to share responsibility by requesting each and every individual in their constituencies and districts to get vaccinated at the earliest,” Tynsong said.

The meeting also decided to reactivate the COVID-19 management committee, which was formed last year amid the first deadly wave of the coronavirus in India. The committee will have daily review meetings to imform the government of any help that is needed.

“All the MLAs are together with the government in this fight against the coronavirus,” the minister said.

The meeting also discussed the mandatory RT-PCR tests at the entry points of Meghalaya, and took suggestions from the MLAs on creating more room for collection of samples as people enter the state.

“The government has taken the suggestion and working on it. The movement of people across state borders will be reduced once the restrictions become effective starting April 26,” Tynsong said.

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