The Meghalaya Government has decided to extend statewide lockdown for another week from June 7 to June 14 as the positivity rate is still a “matter of concern” in the state.
The review meeting held in Shillong on Friday, chaired by CM Conrad Sangma took the decision.
Earlier, the government had announced a complete lockdown only in East Khasi Hills district till June 7 and imposed ‘containment measures’ in other places to stop the spread of Coronavirus. Considering the rise in infections, the government has decided to enforce lockdown in Meghalaya from 5 am on June 7 till 5 am on June 14. District Councils may open up economic activities on a need basis.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister informed that the government has also decided to allow the Deputy Commissioners to open up economic activities on a need basis. “The Deputy Commissioners are given the liberty to allow those need based activities, which does not involve gatherings, to open up in the coming week apart from those already opening up in this current week.” he said.
On Thursday, Meghalaya’s COVID-19 tally rose to 37,149 as 552 more people tested positive for the infection, while nine new fatalities pushed the death toll to 625, a senior health department official said. Of the nine deaths, four were reported from East Khasi Hills district, two each from West Jaintia and West Garo Hills and one from South West Garo Hills, health services director Aman War said. Meghalaya now has 6,352 active COVID-19 cases, he said.