Guwahati: Owing to the detection of more COVID-19 cases in Shillong, two more houses in the Rilbong area have been tagged as Containment Areas to prevent the further spread of the dreaded contagion.
War Nongbri, the Khasi Hills District Magistrate has placed two more houses under containment areas at Rilbong, Shillong for detecting high-risk contacts as to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The two houses in Ribong that have been placed under containment by the district administration belong to Nirmal Ghosh and Shipra Paul.
The order promulgated by Nongbri restricted unregulated movement and exit movement in the affected areas which require "aggressive contact tracing, quarantine, testing and isolation as well as containment in the interest of the health of the general public against any possible spread of COVID-19."
In a related development, the East Khasi Hills district administration on Sunday (August 23) extended the night curfew in the district till August 31. Notably, the state's capital city of Shillong falls under East Khasi Hills district of the state. The night curfew will be in force from 9 PM till 5 AM every day.
However, the vehicles engaged in emergency services and state and central government officials concerned are exempted from the purview of the night curfew, but the drivers and helpers of such vehicles will be screened.
Issuing the guidelines, the East Khasi Hills district administration headed by Deputy Commissioner War Nongbri said that the safety norms will have to be ensured while performing emergency duties. Moreover, the exemption granted to emergency services will not be extended to containment zones.
The curfew passes for timings falling between 9 PM to 5 AM with effect from August 24 up to August 31 can be obtained via an online application from the official website (eastkhasihills.gov.in).
The East Khasi Hills has reported the highest number of cases in COVID-19 cases in the Meghalaya, which is witnessing a steady and alarming rise in the number of coronavirus cases.