Govt decides not to extend lockdown

SHILLONG, Jul 29: The Meghalaya government has decided not to extend the three-day lockdown which ends on Wednesday midnight, Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong said on Wednesday.

“But we will aggressively pursue with the random testing,” the Deputy Chief Minister said during his daily briefing.

Tynsong said that this decision not to extend the lockdown was taken after taking inputs from district administration and the health department.

He, however urged the citizens to be vigilant and stay safe by adhering to the protocols and standard operating procedure.

Tynsong also said that the government was grateful to the COVID-19 management committee of the various localities who worked hard along with the authorities to contain the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, Health Minister, Alexander Laloo Hek, informed that Meghalaya recorded five fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.

Hek said that out of the five new cases East Khasi Hills recorded two cases both from the armed forces, two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in West Garo Hills and one case was detected in Ri-Bhoi. Also 13 more persons recovered from the virus.

Till date, the State recorded 572 active cases out of which 246 are from the BSF, civilians 291 and armed forces 35.

Till date a total of 207 persons have recovered and five died of the virus.

Moreover, Director of Health Service (MI), Dr. Aman Warr informed that in the last three days contact tracing has been done and a total of 1118 such persons have been identified.

The government also said that the containment areas will remain until contact tracing has completed.