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Shillong: Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Meghalaya government on Monday announced a curfew during night hours in the Shillong agglomeration to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The night curfew across Shillong agglomeration will begin from May 4 (Tuesday). The timing of the curfew will be 8 pm to 5 am.

Announcing this, deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong also said that the government has now taken a decision concerning disposal of dead bodies. From now on, it will be allowed only up to 2 pm every day.

Families of the deceased have also been restricted from opening the coffin where the body has been laid to rest, said Tynsong. “Families won’t be allowed to take the coffin inside the house. They will have to keep it outside to perform the last rites,” he added.

“This order will come into force immediately, both for COVID-19 as well as non-COVID-19 cases. It will be applicable for the entire state of Meghalaya,” Tynsong said.

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Meanwhile, the state government has decided that all shops will be closed by 7 pm. Office timings have also been reduced from 5 pm to 4.30 pm daily. “This will only be applicable for Shillong agglomeration,” the deputy CM added.

The latest decisions were taken after the state witnessed a spike in COVID-19 cases. On Monday, Meghalaya recorded a total of 246 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths. This took the total number of active COVID-19 cases in the state to 1,884.

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