by NEWSNER , 2021-05-14 12:16:36
The Meghalaya government on Thursday decided to increase the lockdown in East Khasi Hills from 5 am on May 17 to 5 am.
The decision was made at a review meeting, which Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma chaired after the state registered an all-time single-day high of 591 cases and 18 deaths thanks to COVID-19.
Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong told reporters the government discussed threadbare the prevailing situation.
“We have decided to increase the amount of lockdown in East Khasi Hills till 5 am. it had been alleged to end at 5 am of May 17,” Tynsong said, adding, “The government had no option but to increase it for the security of the citizens within the state.”
A source, who attended the meeting, said there was a discussion on imposing a curfew or total lockdown to interrupt the transmission chain. However, it had been decided that the govt would await a couple of more days. the rationale was the vaccination drive for people aged 18-44 years, scheduled from May 14-17.
“If things don't improve by then, the govt will need to impose a curfew for a minimum of every week to interrupt the transmission chain,” the source added.
The lockdown in East Khasi Hills, which is that the worst-affected district within the state, was initially imposed from May 5 to May 10 and later, extended to May 17.
Earlier, the govt had imposed containment measures in Shillong Urban Agglomeration, Jowai and Tura from May Day. Weekend lockdowns are imposed in other districts.