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As many as 12 areas have been declared as containment areas in view of the surge in number of COVID-19 in three districts of Meghalaya.

In West Jaiñtia Hills district, District Magistrat Garod L.S.N Dykes has declared seven villages — Amlarem, Krangpamtdong, Amsarim, Ladjaplem, Amshipai, Lai Lyngdoh and Amlatdoh — under Amlarem Civil Sub Division as containment zones from midnight of July 22 to 6.00 am of July 27 after three persons have tested positive for COVID-19.

He said that these seven villages have been declared as containment zones in order to detect the high risk contacts of the three persons so as to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the district.

Similarly, in Shillong, the District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills has declared Block-II of Lumpyngngad, Motinagar as ‘containment area’ on Wednesday.

A total of 19 Covid-19 new positive cases have been reported in the capital city.

The area was declared as containment area so as to restrict unregulated entry and exit movement on site.

“No person and public are allowed to move into the containment area and inhabitants within the containment area also not allowed to move out, besides, all inhabitants within the containment area must strictly remain inside their home,” the order stated.

Besides Block-II of Lumpyngngad, the BSF Umpling and BSF Mawpat have been earlier declared containment areas due to surge of COVID-19 positive cases among the BSF personnel.

Altogether, 12 areas in the three districts have been declared containment zones so far.

East Khasi Hills district recorded the highest number of positive cases with 366 active cases including 269 BSF personnel.

In Ri Bhoi district too, areas bordering Assam especially Khanapara area, have been declared as ‘containment zones’.

The number of people infected by COVID-19 in Ri Bhoi district is 42.

Altogether, 25 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Meghalaya on Wednesday with active cases rising to 433, and eight more persons recovered from the viral infection.

19 new cases were detected in East Khasi Hills alone of which 2 Armed forces personnel, six BSF personnel and 11 others.

East Jaiñtia Hills reported two case and West Jaiñtia Hills district reported four cases.

Meghalaya now has a total of 515 COVID-19 cases which include 433 active cases, 78 recovered and 4 deaths.

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