Shillong, May 5: In view of the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in the state especially in Shillong, the government has decided to go in for a complete lockdown from Wednesday 8 pm till 5 am of May 10.
Briefing reporters Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma said that the containment measures brought in by the government since May 1 has somewhat brought down the movement of people and also slowed the spread of the virus.
“But looking at the alarming rate at which the numbers are growing we need to go for striter measures in some locations where the numbers are rising,” Sangma said.
The Chief Minister, also informed that the government has also decided that there will be weekend lockdown in all districts of the state.
He also said that the examination supposed to be held on May 6 and 7 has been postponed to May 11 and 12.
Sangma also said that vehicular, inter-state and inter-district movements have also been restricted and also movement from and into East Khasi Hills district has been restricted.
All major markets in East Khasi Hills district and Shillong will be closed but essential commodities will be made available through shops in the localities.
He also said that essential services like power, water supply will be exempted. Sangma also said that home delivery services, movement of agriculture produce will be regulated by the Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills district.
Weddings already permitted will be allowed but restricted to only the family members and it shall not exceed 20 people.
Funerals too will be restricted to only 20 people.
The Chief Minister also said that the government will adopt a three pronged strategy of containment, vaccination and health care to fight COVID-19.
Sangma said that containment is the best strategy and the only way to ensure that things do not get out of control.
“But the challenge is to ensure that livelihood is not affected in an adverse manner and yet the health concerns are balanced,” the Chief Minister said.
He also said that the vaccination programe is going well for the 45 years and above but there are still a large number of them who have not been vaccinated yet. “Because of that the overall number has not reached a satisfactory level,” Sangma said even as he added that enough vaccines are available for those 45 and above.
The third strategy is health care and a large number of steps have been taken by the government to increase the oxygen supply, increase the number of beds for people who would need it.
Giving a sense of how a section of the general public are taking the COVID-19 situation in the state lightly, the Chief Minister informed that there are 12000 applications for passes.