Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma during a media briefing on Saturday Credit: EastMojo

Shillong: The Meghalaya government on Saturday decided to impose lockdown in Shillong agglomeration for two working days — July 13 and 14.

During a media briefing, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma said that more than 95% of the cases are from Shillong. The lockdown period will be used for tracing the contacts of positive persons who are in Shillong so that further spread can be contained.

“The government of Meghalaya has decided to observe the next two working days, that is, the 13th and 14th of July in Shillong city agglomeration region as lockdown the virus through behaviour change,” said Sangma.

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He added that during this period Shillong and the surrounding areas shall be under curfew till 6 am of July 15.

“This time shall be productively used by the community COVID management committees and the newly setup behaviour change management committees of various localities to inculcate awareness about the cardinal principles of behaviour change at the household level,” said Sangma.

Sangma highlighted: “if we look at the numbers they are serious and are going up but out of these numbers a majority of them are from the BSF. Apart from that we can also see more than 95% of the cases active in the state are from Shillong. Two distinct and worrisome characteristics of this virus is its high transmissibility and its invisible nature which is asymptomatic.”

“The only way to stop the spread is to understand these two characteristics of this virus by every individual. The right understanding will lead to the right behaviour among everyone for taking responsibility of their actions both in personal and public space. This behaviour change is possible only by strengthening the capacity of every individual by practising to wear mask, maintain physical distance and hand hygiene and to isolate this virus in their own space,” said Sangma.

Sangma urged the citizens to unite to fight against this virus, and that it was not just the government or the health workers but all to be COVID warriors.

We must remember we need to fight and isolate this virus together not just the government not just the health workers but we all need to be COVID warriors. This lockdown period will be used for tracing the contacts of positive persons who are in Shillong so that further spread can be contained. It is urged that everyone strictly adhere to the lockdown so that the virus can be isolated.

“It is urged that everyone strictly adhere to the lockdown so that the virus can be isolated,” said Sangma.

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