Guwahati: Amid the continuing surge in the number of coronavirus cases, the East Khasi Hills District Magistrate has extended the night curfew in the entire district from September 7 up until September 14, for timings falling between 9 pm-5 am each day.
In an order issued on Sunday, the District Magistrate War Nongbri said the decision was taken "to put in place preventive and mitigation measures, to identify and take more stringent steps so the pandemic of COVID-19 is contained, reduced and eliminated in East Khasi Hills District."
The order will, however, not apply to "essential service" personnel such as security forces and medical teams on duty. Additionally, the home delivery of food shall be exempted up to 10 pm.
These services shall strictly comply with all protocols and procedures including social distancing, limiting of field staff to the barest minimum and other advisories of Government in the Health and Family Welfare Department, without fail, the order further added.
As per the order, the movement of vehicles carrying essential goods, security forces, medical equipment, and shops for the repair of trucks on highways are also exempted. However, drivers and attendants of the vehicles shall be subject to medical screening as per laid down protocols.
The exemption granted to official and non-official emergency and essential services, establishments and agencies will not extend to all containment areas declared earlier.
Curfew passes for timings falling between 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM with effect from 7th September 2020 up to 14th September 2020 can be obtained via online application at www.eastkhasihills.gov.in, War Nongbri further added.
Meghalaya COVID-19 Update:
The coronavirus caseload in Meghalaya crossed the 3,000-mark on Sunday as 88 more people tested positive for the disease, a senior health department official said. With the detection of these fresh batch of cases, the state's coronavirus tally has now reached 3,005.
The death toll in the state also rose to 16 after a 59-year-old man from East Khasi Hills district succumbed to the disease, Health Services director Aman War said. A man was admitted to a private hospital yesterday and diagnosed with COVID-19. He died in the afternoon. He was suffering from diabetes, a co-morbid condition.
During the day, 29 patients were cured of the disease, taking the number of recoveries to 1,556, War said, adding that Meghalaya now has 1,433 active COVID-19 cases.