Shillong: The Jaintia Students’ Union (JSU) on Monday appealed the district administration of West Jaintia Hills and East Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya to partially ease the COVID-19 curfew imposed in the region.

Issuing a press statement, JSU president Jersom Shylla and general secretary Treiborlang R Suchen requested the deputy commissioners of the two districts to ease the ongoing curfew.

“Most of the general public, especially those hailing from rural areas, are now experiencing a difficult situation. We feel that partial removal of the curfew should be seriously considered,” the JSU said.

“Since the government had earlier announced through the deputy CM that it wouldn’t resort to lockdown except for the declaration of containment zones in areas where COVID infection is detected. However, there is a total curfew now,” it added.

The union suggested that the authorities should conduct random tests in villages and that if none tests positive then those villages can be declared COVID-free or marked safe from COVID-19.

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The union further suggested that people from such villages can then be allowed to carry on with their daily activities such as farming, construction, etc, within or near the villages, so as to be able to earn their livelihood. The union emphasised that the government should keep in mind that most villagers are meagre earners, living each day from hand to mouth to feed their families.

The union also urged the people not to take the second wave of the pandemic lightly and strictly adhere to the health protocols and advisories issued by the health department so as to stop the rapid transmission of the virus.

So far, East Jaintia Hills has 266 active cases and six deaths. In West Jaintia Hills, there are 568 active cases and 31 deaths reported till date.

The active cases in the state are 7,788 and the death toll is 483. The total number of recoveries stands at 22,221.

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