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SHILLONG | JULY 24, 2020:
The Meghalaya government, on Friday, decided to re-imposed lockdown in the Shillong agglomeration from midnight of July 26 till midnight of July 29.
This decision was taken given the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
Disclosing this information, Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong said, "Depending on the situation, if the situation worsens, we may extend the lockdown."
Furthermore, the government has decided to declare certain localities in Shillong city as "containment zones" to contain the spread of the virus.
These include — Mawbah, Jhalupara, Barapathar, Mawlai Umshing, Upper Mawprem, Mawlai Umjaiur, Nongrim Hills, Laitumkhrah (Nazareth), Golf Links (Khlieh-Shnong), Lachumiere and Nongrah.
"We have left it to the wisdom of the district administration to identify the areas which are required to be declared as containment zones. The district administration will declare any locality or area as containment zone after due consultation with the local Dorbar Shnong and COVID-19 Management Committee," Tynsong said.
Meanwhile, the Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister said that contact tracing is not going to be an easy exercise as the Health Department would require the cooperation of each and every individuals. "Anyone who has come into contact with the people who were tested positive should come forward by calling the 108 number. This will allow the Government to complete the contact tracing exercise at the earliest," Tynsong.
He further informed that the health team along with the COVID-19 Management Committee will have to aggressively do the contact tracing as early as possible to prevent any possibilities of community transmission.
Giving details about the 31 individuals who were tested positive today, Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman Warr informed that there are six people who are admitted at the private hospital — two at Bethany Hospital and four at Robert Hospital, five at NEIGRIHMS including a doctor from Orthopedics department, one patient's attendant, a staff and a patient who was admitted in the hospital day before yesterday.
Two other patients, who had gone for check up at District Tuberculosis Centre Jhalupara, were also tested positive; another three are contacts of the positive case from Greenwood wedding ceremony, one is the high-risk contact of the positive case at Lumpyngad, one doctor at Civil Hospital and others are returnees. The report of another doctor from Nazareth Hospital is awaited.
When asked whether it is true that there are 800 plus high-risk and low-risk contacts of the doctor from Shillong Civil Hospital who was tested positive on Thursday, Dr. Warr said that they are still doing the contact tracing since are there many people who met the doctor at the Operation Theatre. "We had collected a total number of 320 samples from both high-risk and low-risk and all are found to be negative. We are still doing the contact tracing," he said.