Metbah Lyngdoh urges citizens to remain calm amidst surge in Covid cases  

Shillong, May 19: Meghalaya Assembly Speaker, Metbah Lyngdoh on Wednesday appealed to the citizens of the state that with the Covid-19 cases in the state rising they should remain “calm” and have confidence in the government.

“With the loss of precious lives (due to Covid) it is appropriate for us to sit together as members of the House to take a collective responsibility to fight the virus,” Lyngdoh said after the all-party meeting convened by him on Wednesday.

The Speaker informed that at the meeting, the government gave the legislators the steps and action taken.

Lyngdoh also said that apart from the there were discussions on the setting up oxygen plants, increasing the number of beds and identifying corona care centres.

He also suggested that the citizens should take the vaccination to increase their immunity.

The Speaker also urged the stakeholders like the traditional heads, the NGOs and religious bodies to work together with the government to fight the virus.

Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma said that when the second wave started it hit the younger age group and it was kind of a surprise.

“…because we all understand that mutation of virus doesn’t happen so fast. But the way this particular virus has mutated caught everybody by surprise,” Sangma said.

He said that the state need to be prepared for all eventualities and the government need to see different kind of scenarios and do its best to ensure that it stop the spread of the virus.

“If a third wave does come than we need to ensure that the spread needs to be contained very fast,” the Chief Minister said.

He also said that infrastructure building is a continuous process.

Meanwhile, leader of opposition, Dr. Mukul Sangma said that the state has already seen substantial number of fatalities and now the focus of everyone is to save as many lives as possible.

Dr. Sangma also said that fighting against the pandemic of this nature there is a need to have a comprehensive multi-pronged approach.

The leader of opposition also said that the second wave has hit the state and the government needs to brace itself up for the third wave.

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