Shillong: After several questions were raised concerning Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma’s visit to Manipur and Delhi amid the coronavirus pandemic, the chief minister’s office on Sunday issued a statement clarifying that he tested negative for COVID-19 for the second time.
“Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma today tested negative for Covid-19. He has been under home quarantine for the past four days after his return from Manipur and Delhi. The first test was conducted on June 22 and the second test on June 28,” the statement said.
As a precautionary measure, the chief minister will be under home quarantine for few more days, the statement said, adding: “This was the second RT-PCR test conducted on the chief minister within this week.”
“It is to be informed that the team of officials and police, who accompanied the Chief Minister to Guwahati were also tested negative and they are also under home quarantine,” it added.
Sangma, who is the National People’s Party (NPP) president, had traveled to Manipur on June 21 to meet his party’s MLAs owing to a political crisis in the state.
Meanwhile, the state’s COVID-19 active cases has now risen to seven after two Armed forces personnel tested positive for the virus. The total tally of COVID-19 cases now stands at 50 in the state.