Tawang: The administration is likely to extend the lockdown in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang district beyond May 31 to contain the further spread of COVID-19. The lockdown was supposed to end on May 31.

Chairing a meeting to review the COVID-19 situation in the district on Thursday, local MLA Tsering Tashi said that Tawang was the second district in the state to go under lockdown since May 17 and doing so was the right decision.

“The number of positive cases in the district would have been much larger had the containment measures not been put in place,” Tashi said.

The MLA strongly supported the proposal made by PRI leaders, NGOs and Bazar secretaries for extension of containment measures (lockdown) for a few more days to contain the virus. Tashi also appealed to all to follow the government issued COVID-19 SoPs strictly.

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Echoing the legislator, District Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr N Namshum said that the district witnessed more severe cases during the second wave. He said it would take some more time to contain the COVID-19 virus.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Sang Phuntsok informed the house regarding the measures taken during the containment period to stop the further spread of the virus. He also mentioned the ongoing door to door RAT screening in all the villages and circles of the district.

The house further decided to submit the lockdown extension proposal to the state government for its approval.

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