Shillong, Jun 10: Chief Minister, Conrad K. Sangma on Thursday has expressed concern that the epicenter of Covid-19 virus has shifted from East Khasi Hills and more specifically Shillong to other parts of the state.
“Now we are also seeing the spread is in other districts as well. West Garo Hills and West Jaintia Hills districts has crossed 70-80 cases on an average for the last few days. It is a matter of concern that these districts are being impacted,” the Chief Minister said.
According to him the epicenter is shifting slowly from East Khasi Hills and Shillong which is now averaging 200 plus cases in a day now.
He said that the government now has to observe in the next few days and see how the strategy goes and see that the rural infrastructures are prepared for the situation.
Sangma informed that on Friday he will be visiting Jowai, West Jaintia Hills district and also review the situation in East Jaintia Hills and the preparedness in that area.
When asked if the increase of cases in rural areas is an area of concern, Sangma said that any situation is an area of concern.
“Therefore we have to ensure that steps are taken in advance so that containment measures can be taken and awareness created about ensuring that the reports come in on time, people tests on time and people take preventive measures. It is a matter of concern, no doubt about it but we have made as much arrangements as possible we have to be careful, we have to keep a watch and continuously monitor the situation and also improve upon the overall set ups in the grass root level also.” he added.
He also said that the state government would decide whether to relax the inter-district movement restrictions. He said on Friday the government would review the situation and based on the trend a decision would be taken.
“We are trying our best to ensure that keeping health as priority we also realise that economic activities should be balanced out,” the Chief Minister said.