SHILLONG: The Meghalaya government on Tuesday decided to impose a total lockdown in East Khasi Hills district after a surge in COVID-19 cases.
"The government has decided that from tomorrow 8 pm of May 19 to 5 am of May 31 we will impose total lockdown in East Khasi Hills district," Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong informed.
He said that the epicenter is in East Khasi Hills and therefore the government had to take the harsh decision to impose total lockdown in the district.
This decision was taken in a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma.
"We hope that in the next ten days we would be able to see drop in cases," Tynsong said.
Prestone Tynsong informed that during the lockdown few emergency and services for the people of the district will be worked out by the Deputy Commissioner to make sure that the essential commodities reaches to the respective households.
He also informed that the government has also asked the Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police of the district to ensure that the lockdown is followed completely.
Tynsong also said that the review meeting has decided to let the respective Deputy Commissioners of the other districts of the state to take appropriate decisions if need be in line with the one taken for East Khasi Hills.
On creation of corona isolation centres, the Deputy Chief Minister informed that the government has asked the Health department to issue a detailed plan on how to set up such a facility at the community level.
Tynsong also informed that there is no shortage of foodgrains and essential commodities even as he asked citizens not to panic.
Meanwhile, the state recorded the highest ever single day infection of the virus with 906 fresh cases detected all over Meghalaya.
Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War informed that the state also reported 19 new deaths and 470 recovered from the virus. With the latest updates, the state now has 355 deaths, 5332 active cases and 19185 confirmed cases.
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