Shillong: Even as Meghalaya slowly limps back to normalcy with several lockdown relaxations, the tourism sector will have to wait till the COVID-19 positivity rate drops below 5%, said Meghalaya Chief Secretary MS Rao.

“We are still around 10% (positivity rate), which is quite high,” he added.

Due to pressure from Delhi, the state had recently decided to allow government offices to function, ensuring proper SOPs are in place, said Rao.

Since the start of the second wave, the tourism sector, one of the major revenue sources in the state, has been badly affected. As a result, thousands of locals dependent on the sector are also suffering.

A total of 377 new COVID-19 cases were recorded on Monday, taking the total active cases to 4,354. The state also recorded nine deaths and 448 recoveries.

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