COVID-19: Meghalaya extends lockdown in East Khasi Hills till June 21
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Friday announced an extension of the lockdown in East Khasi Hills district for another week till June 21 in view of the spurt in COVID-19 cases in the region.
The decision was taken as the positivity rate for the coronavirus infection continues to be over 10 per cent in the district, a health department official said.
Deputy commissioners of other districts have been empowered to decide on providing relaxation of the existing COVID restretions there.
''In other districts, DCs have been empowered to decide as per local situation and in consultation with the COVID care management committees. Up to 20 per cent of non-essential shops may be opened in certain areas in the state,'' the chief minister said.
''DCs may also permit up to 20 per cent of commercial vehicles to operate,'' he said.
Though the number of cases has come down in a few districts, the ''positivity rate is still in the danger mark'', Sangma said on the microblogging site.
The state capital Shillong, which falls under the district, registered about a 17 per cent positivity rate, he said, adding that there is a need to contain the spread of the infection.
According to the senior health official, the number of tests per day will also be increased from the current rate of around 3,000 to 5,000.
Meghalaya on Friday reported 514 new COVID-19 cases, which pushed the tally to 41,100.
The coronavirus death toll in the northeastern state rose to 714 as 10 more people succumbed to the infection.
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