In Meghalaya, the ongoing lockdown will continue in the district of East Khasi Hills, till 17th of this month. East Khasi Hills district is the worst affected district with 1,583 active corona cases out of the total 2678 active cases across the State.
Divulging the details of the decisions taken to extend the lockdown following a meeting held at Shillong today, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong informed that during the extended lockdown Banks, Post Office will be allowed to open with limited employees. Home delivery services for essential commodities will also be allowed. The Government has also decided that the 100-day activities under MGNREGA and farming activities will be allowed throughout Meghalaya, but strict adherence of SOPs has to be followed.
He stated that construction works will be allowed provided the labourers stay within that premises where the work is going on and requested the employers and contractors to adhere to the protocols issued by the District Authorities.
He added that the State Government has also decided to postpone the class XII examinations and a new notification will be issued by the Education Department. The Deputy CM said, during the extended lockdown, all shops selling essential commodities will be allowed to open with strict adherence to the SOPs issued.
Further the Deputy CM said that weekend lockdown from 10 pm of every Friday up to 5 am of every Monday will continue throughout the State.
Stating that the situation is very serious and grim, he appealed to all citizens to be very careful at an individual level.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya recorded 11 COVID 19 related deaths from Friday evening till this afternoon all from East Khasi Hills district. With this, Corona death toll has risen to 210 in the state.
Director of Health Services, Dr Aman Warr said that the State recorded 374 new COVID 19 cases today adding the number of active cases to 2678. He stated that 152 recoveries were also registered today bringing the number of recovered cases to 16414 in Meghalaya.