Meghalaya: Complete lockdown if COVID situation spirals out of control, says Tynsong
Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong on Wednesday said that the last resort will be a complete lockdown if the COVID-19 situation spirals out of control.
Addressing a press conference after a review meeting on Wednesday, he said, “If the situation is out of control we will go for a total lockdown. Please help the government. Avoid unnecessary movement, avoid coming to Shillong if unnecessary.”
Informing that the strain is highly infectious, Tynsong requested the residents to take care of themselves by adhering to laid down protocols and to get themselves vaccinated.
Tynsong added that the government has asked for cooperation from the health department regarding the vaccination drive.
“The only way out of this is to be safe, which means to get vaccinated. Kindly go to the vaccination centers established by the state government through the health department,” stated Tynsong.
MAJOR DECISIONS (REVIEW MEETING):
# RT-PCR tests are mandatory for returnees.
# There will be more Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) at entry point.
# Meghalaya will not accept any certificate issued by different state governments. This will, however, not apply to those persons who have completed both doses of vaccination.
# Surge in positive cases daily shows that we are heading to a grave situation.
# Please stop coming to Meghalaya, government tells citizens from other states.
# Residents are advised to take care of themselves.
# Avoid coming to Shillong, government tells the rural populace.
# Tourist spots in East Khasi Hills district to be closed down immediately till April 30.
# Colleges in Shillong agglomeration will be closed till May. Exemption only for colleges serving as exam centres.
# Online classes to continue.
# Gyms, parlours, cinema halls, salons, swimming pools, bars within Shillong Agglomeration will be closed from April 23 to April 30.
# Non-essential shops in and around Shillong will be closed from April 26 till May 2.
# Government employees’ attendance to be reduced to 33 per cent from 100 per cent in different departments.
# The only way out of this is to be safe. Kindly go to the vaccination centers.
192 fresh cases were reported on Wednesday and the total active cases in the state is 1021.
East Jaintia Hills: 04 (Returnee-02, ILI Cases- 02)
East Khasi Hills:148 (Returnee–69, Armed Force/Paramilitary Force–23, Health Worker–04, High Risk–22, Mawlai Cluster–02, ILI Cases- 06, Jhalupara Cluster–01, Mawbah Cluster–01, Laitumkhrah Cluster—01, Nongmynsong Cluster–02, Nongthymmai Cluster–01, Police Bazar Cluster–06, SARI Case-01, Screening Purpose–09).
Ri-Bhoi: 30 (Returnee–04, High Risk Contact–10, Screening Purpose–10, Armed Force/Paramilitary Force–02, Health Worker–04).
West Garo Hills: 04 (Returnee–02, High Risk–02), West Jaintia Hills:03 (Returnee–01, Screening Purpose–02).
West Khasi Hills: 03 (Returnee–03).
Three deaths were reported in East Khasi Hills.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)