Shillong: Keeping in mind the alarming rise in COVID-19 cases, the Meghalaya government has made it mandatory for all entering the state to undergo the RT-PCR test.

Addressing the media after a review meeting on Wednesday, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said: “RT -PCR Test is mandatory, any returnees or person entering the state has to undergo RT-PCR, no more RAT at the entry point. We won’t accept a certificate issued by a different state government.”

However, an exception will be made for those people who have obtained a certificate of complete vaccination of both doses.

Highlighting that there is an increase in COVID-19 cases in Shillong agglomeration, the DCM said, “We are leading to a very grim situation.”

He requested people to not make plans of visiting the state and advised people to take care and avoid going out. “Avoid unnecessary going outside of the house and especially coming to Shillong.”

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As far as East Khasi Hills District (EKH) is concerned, the government has decided that tourist spots located within the EKH will close down immediately till April 30.

Further, colleges, institutions located within Shillong agglomeration will be closed up to May 3, except colleges which are exam centre are exempt from this closure. In addition to this, online classes in those colleges should continue. Teachers should continue with their duties, informed Tynsong.

The government has also decided to close down gyms, parlour, salon, cinema, swimming pool, bars in Shillong agglomeration from April 23 till April 30.

Also, the government has decided that from April 26 non-essential shops in and around Shillong agglomeration will be closed. DC will provide the list of shops that comes under this. And government offices will reduce staff strength and keep only 33% attendance.

Tynsong added that if the situation is out of control government will have to opt for total lockdown. “So we urge people to kindly help the government by you helping yourself. Govt cannot do anything if the citizens cannot help the government,” he added.

With 192 fresh cases, Meghalaya has 1021 active COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths as of date.

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