52 new COVID-19 cases wree recorded in Meghalaya on Friday Credit: EastMojo

Shillong: Meghalaya on Friday reported 52 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total number of active cases to 495 in the state. With the surge of COVID-19 cases in the state, the government has decided to reimpose total lockdown in Shillong agglomeration from midnight of July 26 till midnight of July 29.

The government is working to avoid any community transmission and hence has also listed a few areas in the state as containment zones.

Deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong informed that the state government on Friday took a decision to reimpose total lockdown in Shillong agglomeration since it had no other option. Depending upon the situation, if it worsens, the government may even extend the lockdown, he added.

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With inputs from the health department, the Meghalaya government announced the locations that have been declared as containment zones effective July 24.

These localities are Mawbah, Barapathar, Jhalupara, Upper Mawprem, Nongrah, Nongrim Hills, Mawlai- Umshing, Lachumiere, Laitumkhrah-Nazareth, Mawlai – Umjaiur and Golf Link-Khlieh Shnong.

“We have authorised the health department. If they feel the need to declare lockdown in other areas, they can do so,” said Tynsong.

Meanwhile, director of health services Dr Aman Warr informed that among the 52 new cases recorded on Friday, 47 are from East Khasi Hills district (nine from BSF, seven from Armed Forces, 31 others), three from West Jaintia Hills and two from East Jaintia Hills.

The total active cases in Meghalaya stand at 495, while 87 have recovered and five died.

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