Keeping in view of rise in Covid19 positive cases and positivity rate, the West Jaintia Hills district administration of Meghalaya has ordered closure of a number of markets in the district.
Garod LSN Dykes, the district magistrate of West Jaintia Hills, in an order issued on Sunday, said “there is a rise in number of active cases with positivity rate of 15% during the period July 22-28, 2021 and high fatality rate”.
Dykes said “there is vaccine hesitancy by eligible persons and also refusal for testing in the district”.
In such a situation, the district magistrate said “there is need to put in place stricter containment measures to contain spread of the virus”.
“Now., therefore in partial modification to Para B Sl. No. 2 of this Office Order No. GEN.253/ COV1D-19/2021/136, Dt. 31.07,2021 hereby order as follows: Closure of Iaw Mmusiang, Iaw Chyiap (JPC Market), Iaw Chor (CNI Market), Iawthymme, Ladthalaboh and Sein Raij Market w.e.f midnight of the 2nd August, 2021 until further orders”.
The district magistrate has directed the West Jaintia Hills superintendent of police to strictly implement and enforce the order.
Till Sunday evening, the number of active Covid19 cases in Meghalaya stood at 5,843.
Meghalaya has so far has lost a total of 1,109 people due to Covid19 infection.
With the new cases, Meghalaya has so far registered a total of 65,939 positive cases.
Meghalaya on Sunday reported 13 Covid19 deaths and 350 new positive cases.
On Sunday, 537 patients recovered from the disease, taking the total number of recoveries to 58,987.