Shillong: While neighbouring Assam has taken stringent measures to tackle the third wave of the coronavirus, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Monday said the state government has not yet decided on any lockdown measures. The CM said, in all likelihood, they will not go in for a lockdown in the state.

Sangma said the government wants to ensure that people’s livelihood is not affected but if the situation goes beyond a certain point, then they will be forced to take hard decisions. And, the chief minister said, that’s why the government is taking precautionary measures and requesting the people to also be careful.

“As of now we are seeing the numbers rising but it is important for the state to ensure that we focus on hospitalization rates and the people who are in the ICU, and those who require beds,” Sangma said.

“We’re seeing that omicron or the current wave…the hospitalization rate is not as high compared to what it was in the last wave. Therefore, as a government, we feel strongly that at this point in time we should really focus on the hospitalization rate. And, as of now, things are very much under control,” the chief minister added.

Sangma also said the state has enough hospital beds and are keeping a watch on the situation. The chief minister urged the citizens to focus on two aspects: one is vaccination; one must get vaccinated, and number two is to follow protocols in terms of wearing masks and maintaining social distance.

Day one of COVID booster dose

Asked what measures are being taken concerning the rollout of the booster dose, CM Sangma said, “It has just started today, though a lot of people have come forward for the booster doses. In fact, our vaccination percentage in terms of the drive that has been going on has also crossed 70%. We are really going aggressively in terms of our vaccination drive and are hopeful that we should be able to cover more and more population.”

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