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Shillong lockdown will not be extended, announces CM Conrad Sangma

A 72-hour lockdown started in Meghalaya's state capital Shillong from Monday amid rising coronavirus cases

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File image: Scenes from the Shillong lockdown

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  29 July 2020 11:39 AM GMT

Guwahati: The Government of Meghalaya has decided against extending the ongoing lockdown in the Shillong agglomeration that was initially called to arrest the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

"Government has decided that the #Lockdown will not be extended in the Shillong Agglomeration. However, we appeal to all our citizens to not be complacent but to stay safe and be vigilant by adhering to the protocols and SOPs issued by the Government", Meghalaya Chief Minister wrote in a tweet.

The lockdown 2.0 was reimposed in Shillong with an aim to identify, isolate, and prevent the spread of COVID-19, Health Minister A L Hek said. The lockdown in the Shillong agglomeration was announced from midnight of July 26 to midnight of July 29 to mitigate the spread of the deadly disease.

Announcing the lockdown, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma wrote on Twitter, "Government has decided to impose #lockdown in the Shillong agglomeration from midnight of 26th July 2020 till midnight of 29th July 2020."

Earlier, the Meghalaya Government had imposed a 2-day lockdown in Shillong on July 13 and 14 with a view to arresting the spread of the contagious disease. The Government chose not to extend that lockdown also.

As of July 28, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Meghalaya stood at 580, out of which 286 are armed forces personnel. The state has so far reported 194 recoveries. The number of casualties in Meghalaya has mounted to 5.

Recently, a 47-year-old woman, who had tested positive for COVID-19, died of a pre-existing ailment at the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS). However, her death has been attributed to kidney failure and not to COVID-19.

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