Shillong: Following the decision of the Meghalaya government to impose a complete lockdown in East Khasi Hills district from 8 PM on May 5 till May 10 given the spike in COVID-19 cases, several people were seen queuing in front of shops to buy essentials.

While many supported the government’s decision, people also opined that the lockdown should have been imposed from tomorrow rather than being imposed in a notice of few hours.

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The government has, however, mentioned that essential shops in localities would remain open.

The Meghalaya lockdown has been declared as total occupancy of beds in hospitals in Shillong has reached 60 per cent.

Announcing the lockdown in the district, CM Conrad Sangma said that the government had decided that there would be a weekend lockdown in other districts of the state.

The government will review the situation on Saturday and take the next step. “If the numbers do not come down we may have to think of other measures,” the chief minister further added.

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