Shillong: Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the state, the Meghalaya government has decided to extend the ongoing total lockdown across the state by another seven days from June 7 till 5 am of June 14.

The decision was taken in a review meeting held in Shillong on Friday.

Earlier, there was a total lockdown only in East Khasi Hills district, of which state capital Shillong is a part, and it was supposed to end at 5 am of June 7. Elsewhere, ‘containment measures’ were in place to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, Meghalaya’s COVID-19 tally rose to 37,149 as 552 more people tested positive for the infection, while nine new fatalities pushed the death toll to 625, a senior health department official said.

Of the nine deaths, four were reported from East Khasi Hills district, two each from West Jaintia and West Garo Hills and one from South West Garo Hills, health services director Aman War said.

Meghalaya now has 6,352 active COVID-19 cases, he said.

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