SHILLONG: The Meghalaya government on Friday extended the lockdown in East Khasi Hills for another week starting June 14 till June 21. In other districts, the deputy commissioners have been empowered to decide as per the local situation. Also, the deputy commissioners can decide to open up to 20 per cent non-essential shops this time.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya on Friday recorded 10 more COVID-19 deaths taking the total case count to 714. According to Health Department officials, in the last 24 hours, the State recorded 514 new cases and 526 persons recovered from the virus. With the latest figures, the State has 4,993 active cases and a total of 35,393 has so far recovered from the virus. Of the 10 new deaths, seven were recorded in East Khasi Hills district and one each in Ri-Bhoi, West Jaintia Hills and West Garo Hills districts.
Of the 514 new cases, East Khasi Hills recorded 183, West Garo Hills (90), West Jaintia Hills (71), South West Khasi Hills (43), North Garo Hills (35), East Garo Hills (29), West Khasi Hills (27), South West Garo Hills (15), East Jaintia Hills nine, Ri-Bhoi and South Garo Hills six each.
The district-wise distribution of the active cases are - East Khasi Hills (1877), West Garo Hills (741), West Jaintia Hills (644), Ri-Bhoi (350), South West Khasi Hills (279), South West Garo Hills (259), North Garo Hills (228), West Khasi Hills (181), East Garo Hills (173), East Jaintia Hills (143) and South Garo Hills (118).