The Meghalaya government has decided to extend lockdown in East Khasi Hills district till 5 am of May 17.

This decision was taken keeping in view of the continuous rise of new COVID19 positive cases every day.

The state registered the highest single-day death of 11 persons on Saturday.

As many as 375 new positive cases were recorded on Saturday, which is the highest single-day spike.

However, few restrictions will be lifted during the lockdown period.

Weekend lockdown, from 10 pm on Friday to 5 am on Monday, will continue in other districts of the state.

Shops selling essential commodities in localities are allowed to open based on regulations by the Dorbar Shnongs and strict adherence to the SOPs.

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Construction activities will be allowed only for workers who have already stayed at the construction site.

However, labourers from one locality to another locality cannot move for construction works.

The district administration and 1917 iTeam of the agriculture department will coordinate with the farmers to take their agricultural produces from the agricultural fields.

Vegetable traders will be also allowed to collect their produces.

Deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong said for purchasing essential items, people have to buy from the shops in their own locality and they should not go to the shops in other localities.

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