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Gangtok, June 9: Chief Secretary S.C. Gupta convened a State Task Force meeting to review and assess the present scenario of COVID-19 and the future course of action for Sikkim at Tashiling Secretariat on Sunday. The District Collectors, Superintendents of Police, Chief Medical Officers of four districts also joined the meeting via video conferencing.

A detailed discussion on the status of the evacuation of the returnees, compulsory testing of people under quarantine, protocols to be strictly maintained during home quarantine and other areas requiring urgent attention and intervention were discussed during this meeting. Taking a stock of the present situation and strategizing for testing of the primary contacts of the positive patients and other returnees, the meeting was framed mostly for tackling the new positive cases and the burden it brought to the state.

The Chief Secretary also gauged on the preparedness in regards to the conducting of secondary and senior-secondary board examinations to be held from the 1st of July and the online entrance examination for All India Institute of Medical Sciences to be held shortly. Regarding the board examinations, he directed the District Administration to hand over the Senior Secondary Schools, which have been converted into quarantine centres to the Education Department latest by June 25th.

He also sought feedback from the members of State Task Force and District Collectors and added that the road ahead should be focused on reducing the spread of coronavirus and ensuring that all adequate safety norms are adhered to. He then enquired about the status of quarantine centres, both free and paid in the State. The Chief Secretary also assessed the formulation of plans on perception management, strategies on the standard procedure, and future course of action.

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