Lockdown in East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya: Due to the escalation of COVID-19 cases in the state of Meghalaya, the state government has imposed a total lockdown in the East Khasi Hills.
The East Khasi Hills recorded a whopping 574 fresh COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, which prompted the state government to impose a total lockdown in order to keep the spread of the deadly infectious disease at bay.
The lockdown will begin from 8:00 PM on 19th of May and will extend up to 5:00 AM on 31st May 2021. Following the lockdown, the entire East Khasi Hills will be closed.
Prestone Tynsong, Meghalaya's deputy chief minister, stated the COVID-19 situation in the state, particularly in the East Khasi Hills, is very grim.
"The government has decided to impose total lockdown in East Khasi Hills from 8 pm on May 19 to 5 am on May 31," said the deputy chief minister.
The District Commissioner in collaboration with the Meghalaya police has been tasked to ensure that the lockdown is effectively imposed & also ensure essential commodities are available during the period.
The Health and Family Welfare Department of Meghalaya has also issued a notification in which it said, "Persons with Disabilities and Pregnant Women employees are exempted from attending office. However, they shall continue to work from home and be available on call."
On Tuesday, Meghalaya recorded 906 new COVID-19 cases, 574 of which are in the East Khasi Hills area. The total number of recovered cases is 470, while the total number of active cases is 5,332, including 3,076 in Ekh and 674 in Bhoi.
COVID-19 has claimed the lives of at least 19 persons in Meghalaya in the last 24 hours, with 17 of them from the East Khasi Hills area alone, and one each from North Garo Hills and Bhoi.