Areas in Ri- Bhoi bordering Assam put under ‘lockdown’

SHILLONG, Jun 29: The Meghalaya government on Monday has decided to clamp lockdown in Ri-Bhoi bordering Assam from June 30 in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases in Guwahati. 

“From tomorrow onwards opening of shops from Byrnihat to Rani along the border with Assam has to be closed down till July 15. Instructions has been given to Deputy Commissioner, Ri Bhoi District to further regulate the restrictions,” Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong said during his daily briefing. 

Tynsong said that this has been done to ensure that residents from Assam don’t cross over to the Meghalaya side to but essential items. 

The Deputy Chief Minister also informed that during a review meeting held on Monday, to take stock of the COVID-19 situation in the State it was decided that transfer of security forces, bank official and central government employees should be put on hold for the time being. 

It may be mentioned that three security personnel – two of the Border Security Force (BSF) and one of the Assam Regiment who came into the state recently were detected with COVID-19. 

“Some were on leave and came back into the state and when tested here they were detected with the virus,” Tynsong said. 

He however, allayed fears that these personnel may have spread the virus by stating that these personnel are transported by vehicles of the respective security forces where they serve and once they enter Meghalaya they are tested and kept under quarantine.