Meghalaya to observe Coronavirus Awarenes Day

Meghalaya to observe Coronavirus Awarenes Day
Municipality workers spraying disinfectants. (NP)
Correspondent Shillong, Mar 21 | Publish Date: 3/21/2020 12:47:54 PM IST

Meghalaya was under complete shutdown with shops, markets places, offices, financial institutions closed and public transport off the roads in response to the State government called  to observe ‘Corona Virus Awareness Day’ on Saturday.

The shutdown began since midnight last night to midnight tonight, to be followed by the nationwide ‘Janata Curfew’ on Sunday.

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said the day was observed as a ‘Corona virus Awareness Day’ “to understand and prevent the spread of this global pandemic disease in the state by playing our part as individuals, families, locality and society at large.”

District authorities have also imposed restrictions on assembly of more than five persons in one place. Apart from the state police patrolling various parts of the city, Cadets of the National Cadet Corps., Shillong Group also assisted the district administration.

Municipality workers sprayed disinfectants in various parts of the city during the shutdown. “We took the opportunity to spray disinfectants today since there are less people on the street as the citizens responded to the call of the Chief Minister to observe ‘Corona virus awareness day’ by staying at home, Chief Executive Officer of Shillong Municipal Board, Badlang Sohliya said.

He also informed that the Municipal Board will continue with sanitising public places in their areas in the coming days.

Till date, there has not been a single case detected in the State, Sangma urged the people not to be complacent. 

However, he said that the “next four weeks are crucial for our state to break the transmission chain of the virus.” Seeking the cooperation of every citizen to fight COVID-19, the Chief Minister appealed to every citizen of the state to adhere to all the guidelines and advisories issued by the state government. He also urged the citizens to avoid social gatherings (social distancing), practice social distancing, maintain hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. The government has appealed to all those who have returned from outside to dial the toll free number 108 to inform about their arrival. Medical officials and paramedics will be monitoring them closely.

Moreover, the government has promulgated the Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 in view of the global spread of the virus.

“As per the regulations, it has been provided that all hospitals during screening of cases will have to record to ascertain history of the person if he/she has travelled to any country or area where the virus has been detected. The history of coming in contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 will have to be recorded,” Chief Secretary M.S.Rao said.

It has also issued an order directing 50 percent of its employees to work from home, and the rest 50 percent to attend office everyday by drafting a weekly roster duty.


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