No lockdown extension in Shillong, situation improving: Conrad Sangma

No lockdown extension in Shillong, situation improving: Conrad Sangma
Conrad Sangma
Correspondent Shillong, Jul 14 | Publish Date: 7/14/2020 9:36:26 AM IST

The two-day long lockdown in Shillong Urban Agglomeration in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district will not be extended and will conclude at 5 am of July 15 (Wednesday), even as the State government maintained that the situation was improving with a drop in the number of COVID-19 cases being reported.

The lockdown was imposed on Monday and Tuesday to trace those came into contact with 41 people who attended a wedding feast at Greenwood Resort in Guwahati and Shillong, following a surge in the positive cases in the State’s capital.

Deputy Chief Minister said that the situation is improving as the number of cases being detected has dropped, even as he underscored that “one cannot be complacent”.

 “We have decided not to continue with the lockdown since the contact tracing of the wedding attendees at Greenwood Resort and in Shillong has been completed,” he told reporters.

Tynsong said that the two-day total lockdown on Monday and Tuesday in Shillong Agglomeration has helped the government complete contact tracing of the 41 persons.

 “So far 198 contacts have been traced, and as per reports of the Health authorities, the tracing is almost completed and so they have decided not to extend it (lock-down),” he added. The Deputy Chief Minister further informed that the details of the 198 contacts would be shared with the traditional headmen and the Community COVID- 19 Management teams of various localities to monitor them as they would be under home quarantine.

Director Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War said that out of 41 persons who attended the wedding party at Greenwood Resort in Guwahati, two of them tested positive, and 8 of their high risk contacts had also tested positive.

“All the main contacts have been tested, and they were negative, except eight who tested positive,” War said. Meanwhile Tynsong said that the government has also discussed during the review meeting the need to have more Corona care centres in Shillong for keeping COVID-19 positive patients.

 “We will increase the corona care centres. We have asked the health department to identify more locations to cater to the positive patients as cases continue to increase in the state. As of today we don’t have much centres so we have directed the health department to identify few more,” he said, adding that there was a shortfall in such centres in the East Khasi Hills district.

At present, IIM Umsawli is the only Corona care centre in Shillong.

Earlier, NIFT, MATI and Assam Regimental Centre at Lawsohtun were also identified as Corona care centres, but as the number of positive cases was low in the last few months, the centres have not been utilised.


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