Shillong: Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya, the state government on Friday imposed a 48-hour curfew in the areas from Byrnihat to Khanapara.

Earlier, curfew was imposed regularly from 9 pm to 5 am in all parts of Meghalaya. The curfew in the selected areas will now be imposed for 48 hours from 9 pm on Friday.

Meghalaya deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong said that the decision to impose total curfew in those areas was taken due to the rise in number of COVID-19 cases along the highway from Shillong to Guwahati.

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“We have given directions to the Ri Bhoi DC to issue the order and ensure that people do not come out of their houses during this curfew,” said Tynsong.

The government has also decided to carry out random testing in those areas — from Byrnihat to Khanapara — from Saturday onwards.

“Taking into consideration the spike of COVID-19 cases in Meghalaya, especially what is taking place along the national highway from Shillong to Guwahati, we have decided that starting from Byrnihat to Khanapara, the health department along with the DHS will go for random testing tomorrow [Saturday],” said Tynsong.

Meghalaya has so far reported 62 cases of COVID-19, of which 18 are active and 43 have recovered.

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