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Shillong: Following an exponential rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Meghalaya, the government has decided to impose total lockdown in East Khasi Hills district, which recorded 574 fresh COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

The total lockdown will begin at 8 pm on Wednesday, May 19, and everything in East Khasi Hills will be shut.

Meghalaya’s deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong said the COVID-19 situation in the state, especially in East Khasi Hills, is very grim.

“The government has decided to impose total lockdown in East Khasi Hills from 8 pm on May 19 to 5 am on May 31,” Tynsong said.

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The Meghalaya government has also authorised Deputy Commissioners in other districts to take appropriate decisions, if need be, in line with the decision taken for East Khasi Hills district on Tuesday.

Meghalaya recorded 906 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, of which 574 are from East Khasi Hills district. The number of recovered cases stands at 470, while the total active cases are at 5,332, out of which 3,076 are in Ekh, 674 in Bhoi.

At least 19 people have died of COVID-19 in Meghalaya in the last 24 hours, of which 17 casualties were recorded from East Khasi Hills district alone, and one each from North Garo Hills and Bhoi.

For the total lockdown in East Khasi Hills, the Meghalaya government has authorised the DCs to work out the details together with the Superintendent of Police to ensure the lockdown is followed effectively.

The DC has been instructed to make provisions for emergency and essential services available to the people of East Khasi Hills and ensure that essential commodities reach all households in the district.

The vaccination drive as already fixed by the health department will continue during the lockdown.

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