Meghalaya: Lockdown extended in East Khasi Hills as COVID situation remains grim
The Meghalaya government on Saturday decided to extend the lockdown in East Khasi Hills till 5 am on May 17, given the continuously rising COVID-19 cases in the district.
Informing this here, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said that the weekend lockdown will continue throughout the state from 10 pm every Friday up to 5 am of every Monday.
The COVID situation in the state remains grim as 11 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
"Fighting the COVID pandemic is not the same as tackling a law and order situation. It is about life and death," Tynsong said.
Meanwhile, Director of Health Services, Dr Amar warr informed that about 375 new cases were detected in the last 24 hours with 152 recoveries. The total active cases stand at 2678 with East Khasi Hills registering the highest number of cases at 1583. Eleven people have died due to the virus in the last 24 hours and all are from East Khasi Hills.
Here is a list of restrictions imposed with effect from May 8:
>> Lockdown extended in East Khasi Hills till 5 am of May 17.
>> Weekend lockdown will continue throughout the state from 10 pm every Friday up to 5 am of every Monday.
>> The situation is very serious as the state registers 300 plus cases every day.
>> Government has appealed to citizens to take care of themselves individually. If we fail to do so, the situation will further deteriorate.
>> At present, there is no shortage of beds but the government will increase the bed capacity.
>> Banks and post offices will be allowed to open with limited employees, home delivery will continue.
>> Construction sites, where the employees or labourers stay within the premises, will be allowed to function in the respective campuses but the labourers will not be allowed to move out of such premises or campuses.
>> Instructions will be issued accordingly on such construction activities
>> Essential commodity shops will continue to open with strict adherence to SOP.
>> MBOSE Class 12 examination to be postponed again to a future date.
>> COVID management committee will regulate different localities concerning the availability of essential commodities.
>> 100 days work under MGNREGA will be allowed, subject to adherence to protocols.
>> Farming activities will be allowed, subject to adherence to protocols.
>> NaRi and 1917 iTEAMs have been activated following complaints from farmers concerning perishable items.
>> Local traders and transport of vegetables will be taken into account. Farmers should not worry about their agricultural produce.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)
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