SHILLONG: As Meghalaya has recorded seven new COVID-19 fatalities, and 489 new cases while 632 recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours, a good samaritan has impressed netizens with a simple deed of kindness. A villager from Chimagre Songittal in the East Garo Hills district of the state took a bundle of maize from his own farm as a gift for the medical professionals and workers. His act of kindness and the pictures of the man has gone viral on social media.
Meghalaya chief minister's office mentioned about the farmer with a kind appreciation. Similarly, many users have been commenting on his act.
Here are some of the tweets:
• "Stories like this retain my faith in humanity."
• "Kind hearted person… very simple and beloved people. I used to see this kind of gesture in my childhood times but it has become rare nowadays. I love this humanity of our people."
With the latest figures, meanwhile, the state has 862 total deaths till date; 4,434 active cases and 46,228 people have so far recovered from the virus.
Out of the 489 new cases - East Khasi Hills locale reported 262; West Jaintia Hills: 71; West Garo Hills: 57; Ri-Bhoi: 44; West Khasi Hills: 13; South Garo Hills: 12; East Jaintia Hills: nine; South West Garo Hills: seven; North Garo Hills and South West Khasi Hills: five each; and East Garo Hills: four. Of the 4,434 dynamic cases, East Khasi Hills has 1,540; Ri-Bhoi: 753; West Jaintia Hills: 589; West Garo Hills: 498; North Garo Hills: 270; West Khasi Hills: 174; East Garo Hills: 173; South West Khasi Hills: 141; South Garo Hills: 106; East Jaintia Hills: 100; and South West Garo Hills: 90.
According to the new SOP, the lockdown in the West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya has been extended from 5 AM of July 5 up to 5 AM of July 12 with the same restricted and permitted activities as in the earlier order passed on May 30. The order has been passed by West Garo Hills District Magistrate Ram Singh on July 3, who stated that the opening of essential commodities shops in Tura Main Bazar areas will continue to follow the earlier order. On the other hand, in other parts of the district, such shops will open from Monday to Friday from 8 AM till 4 PM while the non-essential shops, vehicle repairing, and services shops are allowed to open on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8 AM to 4 PM.
The order further stated that all the shops are required to show the vaccination status of their staff. The movement of vehicles will continue to follow the odd-even rule and the local autos and maxi-cabs plying with a limited capacity will have to show the vaccination status of the driver. Also, all non-essential movement is discouraged and intra-district public transports are allowed to ply with 50% capacity. Those people who violate the movement protocols or furnishing false self-declaration will be liable for penal action as per law. The Central and State government offices will function from 10 AM to 4 PM.
The order also stated that besides the weekend lockdown on Saturday and Sunday, the curfew in the district will be from 5 PM to 5 AM, as informed in a press release.