Over 9,000 people who were stranded outside the State due to nationwide lockdown have so far returned to Meghalaya, deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong said on Saturday.

He said over 9,000 people have arrived so far, including the latest batch of 1,403 people who arrived from Bengaluru in a special train.

Tynsong said most of these people have been sent to home quarantine, while some have been kept in community quarantine centres.

He said one of these returnees had tested positive for the coronavirus.

This individual, who arrived from Chennai, was asymptomatic and is currently undergoing treatment in West Garo Hills district, Assam Tribune reported.

He said that a special train from Haryana carrying 139 people will reach Guwahati on Sunday afternoon.

“We have arranged for two more special trains from Delhi on May 27,” Tynsong said.

The deputy chief minister said people in and around New Delhi can call 01123014341, 01123014451 or 9968262299 to come back.

He said the State government was in touch with its counterparts to arrange trains from Mumbai and Pune.

Apart from trains, there is a likelihood of resumption of air service between Kolkata and the Umroi Airport next week, Tynsong said. He said talks are on to resume flights by next week.

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