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Imphal: In what could be term as a huge relief, 11 individuals who came in close contacts with an Air India pilot, who has a travel history to the United States, were all tested negative for COVID-19 in Manipur on Wednesday.

The Manipur pilot, who happens to be the son-in-law of Meghalaya’s first COVID-19 patient who succumbed to the virus in Shillong on Wednesday, was kept under quarantine soon after the reports of confirmation.

Earlier, there were reports on social media that the pilot might be responsible for transmitting the disease since the Meghalaya man had no travel history.

However, now with the negative results of the pilot and his close contacts in Manipur, the air has cleared and Meghalaya government is now tracing the individual from whom the doctor might have contracted the virus.

“It might be pertinent to consider that one of the patients that Dr Sailo (Meghalaya patient who was declared on Wednesday) treated in the line of duty may be responsible for the transmission,” the pilot said in a press statement.

The search and isolation of this person is where the state’s energy and resources should be directed at, not target people with or without reason, he added.

Altogether, 20 individuals were tested negative for COVID-19 in the state and kept under strict surveillance as precautionary measures, as per the report issued by COVID-19 Common Control Room.

Meanwhile, in spite of COVID-19 lockdown, medical stores in the state were allowed to remain open as well as movement of trucks transporting medical equipment under strict vigil.

A separate medical service desk at the COVID-19 Common Control Room has been set up in order to help those who has difficulties in purchasing any essential medicines for personal use due to lockdown.

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