Meghalaya's COVID-19 tally rises to 295; total lockdown in Shillong on Monday, Tuesday

Shillong city and surrounding areas will be under curfew till 6 am of July 15.

Meghalaya's COVID-19 tally on Sunday rose to 295, including 248 active cases and 45 recoveries, informed Chief Minister Conrad Sangma.

Taking to Twitter, the CM said that the Border Security Force (BSF) alone accounted for 178 cases. Of the other 70 cases, four are in the Air force while 64 are civilians, he said.

#Update Total Active cases- 248, Total Recovered- 45, BSF- 178, Non BSF- 70 (including 4 from Air Force)," Sangma posted on Twitter on Sunday.

Meghalaya has so far reported two COVID-19 related deaths.

Meanwhile, the Meghalaya government on Saturday announced that a total lockdown would be imposed in Shillong on Monday and Tuesday, July 13 and 14. Shillong city and surrounding areas will be under curfew till 6 am of July 15, the chief minister said in a tweet.

"The Government has decided to observe the next two working days i.e on the 13 & 14th of July, 2020 as Total #Lockdown in the Shillong City agglomeration. During this time, Shillong city and surrounding areas shall be under curfew till 6 AM of the 15th of July, 2020," the chief minister tweeted on Saturday.

CM Sangma added that the lockdown period would be used for contact tracing of positive persons who are in Shillong while urging the people to strictly adhere to the lockdown.

"This will be a "#lockdown of the virus through Behaviour Change". This period will be used for tracing the contacts of the positive persons who are in Shillong so that further spread may be contained. I urge everyone to strictly adhere to the lockdown so the virus can be isolated," the chief minister said in another tweet.

On Saturday, 76 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Meghalaya, taking the state's total tally to 262.

 

First Published:July 12, 2020, 1:07 p.m.

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