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Step up efforts in containing COVID-19 situation, Meghalaya CM tells officials

Meanwhile, weekend lock-down will be imposed in all the districts in the State from tomorrow, while Board examinations which were scheduled on May 6 and 7 have been postponed to May 11 and 12.

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Williamnagar: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, who is currently on a tour of the Garo Hills region of the State, on Friday reviewed the Covid-19 situation at Williamnagar, the district headquarters of East Garo Hills and directed the officials to step up efforts in containing the situation.

“Assessed the Covid situation in East Garo Hills and inventoried the health infrastructure including oxygen availability and beds. Urged District Administration and Health Department to adopt containment and vaccination strategy in order to limit the adverse impact of the virus,” Sangma said.

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He informed that 89.80 per cent vaccination has been completed for healthcare workers and frontline workers in East Garo Hills district for the 1st dose and impressed upon all stakeholders, to complete the vaccination, especially for residents above 45 years of age.

“Overall situation seems to be under control, as of now,” he said, adding that there were around 44 active cases in the district that had approximately 23 beds dedicated to COVID, which needed to be expanded, including the infrastructure in the hospitals in the district.

“Faith and community leaders also joined us in the meeting to share their opinion on how to tackle the situation at hand and in the weeks to come. Their cooperation and support has been instrumental in our fight,” the Chief Minister said and appealed to the people to come forward for vaccination.

Meanwhile, weekend lock-down will be imposed in all the districts in the State from tomorrow, while Board examinations which were scheduled on May 6 and 7 have been postponed to May 11 and 12.

During the lock-down, health and essential services will be exempted and the vaccination drive will continue, officials said.

The total curfew, currently in force in the East Khasi Hills, including Shillong will continue up to 10 am on May 10.

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