Chief Minister announces compulsory COVID-19 testing on all State Ministers

Chief Minister announces compulsory COVID-19 testing on all State Ministers

Gangtok, July 14: On the occasion of Student’s Rights Day at Manan Kendra on July 14, the Chief Minister P.S. Tamang informed that all state ministers have to comply for COVID-19 testing after Rural Management & Development Department (RMDD) Minister, Sonam Lama came in contact with a COVID-19 positive patient from Rongli.

This was after the State Government imposed lockdown regulations on various areas on Tuesday. Further, the Chief Minister informed that along with the Rural Management Minister, the confirmed patient had also come in contact with the RMDD Secretary, C.S. Rao. Owing to this, the decision to test all State Ministers were taken.

Prior to this, Tamang had chaired a State Task Force meeting earlier in the day where suggestions of implementing another complete lockdown in Sikkim were put forth. He stated that due to the economic condition of the state, it would have a great impact on the economical progress of the State, and hence, only Pakyong and Rongli subdivisions are under lockdown.

The GREF Camp in Rongli has led to a surge of COVID-19 cases in the state with GREF workers, Army personnel and paramilitary testing positive, Rongli since then has been declared as a containment zone.

The Chief Minister P.S. Tamang maintained that the Army along with GREF workers must not be denied entry into Sikkim, as, “they are of importance to the Army who are keeping vigil along the borders. The SSB and ITBP must also be allowed to enter but after screening and Antigen Testing in Rangpo being conducted.”

While the lockdown regulations imposed in Rongli and Pakyong subdivisions strictly, the rest of Sikkim also had various changes in the regulations issued by the Home Department, such as no intra-district travel from 6 am from July 15 up till July 29, along with no permission being granted to private vehicles while taxis are allowed to operate on the odd-even basis.

Gyms and bars are also closed from July 15 along with the movement of two-wheelers.