Shillong urban areas were under lockdown on July 13 & 14 Credit: File image

Shillong: After the Meghalaya government imposed a two-day total lockdown in Shillong agglomeration on July 13 and 14, it decided not to extend it any further and will end it on Wednesday at 5 am, as ordered earlier.

Informing this, Meghalaya deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong said, “The lockdown imposed in Shillong agglomeration will end tomorrow [Wednesday] at 5 am. The government has decided not to continue with the lockdown temporarily.”

When asked what was the reason behind not extending the lockdown, Tynsong said that the lockdown was focused on one issue and that was contact tracing. “As of today, inputs received from the health department, the contact tracing has been carried out. We found that extension of lockdown at this point of time is not necessary,” said Tynsong.

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Meanwhile, the government also decided to increase the Corona Care Centres in the state. The health department has been asked to identify the places.

“Since we don’t have many centres, not only in Shillong but in the entire state, so a few more centres will be identified which will be converted into corona care centres,” said Tynsong.

Talking about containment zones in the state, director of health services Dr Aman Warr said that the Umpling BSF Campus, Mawpat BSF Campus and Nongmensong police outpost are the areas in Shillong declared so far. NEIGRIHMS has also made the orthopedics ward as a containment area after a BSF jawan tested positive for COVID-19.

So far, only three positive COVID-19 cases were reported on Tuesday. The total active cases in Meghalaya stand at 270.

District-wise breakup of active COVID-19 cases:

East Khasi Hills – 236 (BSF 179, Armed forces 5, others 52)

Ri Bhoi District- 19

East Jaintia Hills- 2

West Garo Hills – 9

South Garo Hills – 2

East & North Garo Hills districts – 1 each

The number of samples sent for testing is 24,817, of which 24,199 tested negative and results of 300 samples are awaited.

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