Nagaland extends lockdown, Meghalaya jabs shopkeepers, Assam curbs home isolation

As Covid 19 stalks the Northeast, Nagaland extends lockdown till June 30, Meghalaya works out a plan to have the Iewduh market open partially, and Assam is set to disallow home isolation for those who do not have proper space at their homes.

Meghalaya registered 8 more Covid19 deaths and 495 new positive cases in the last 24 hours.

According to the latest Covid19 bulletin, released by the National Health Mission (NHM) Meghalaya, with the new cases, the total Covid19 positive tally increased to 43,254 on Wednesday.

A total of 758 people have lost their lives due to Covid19 infection in Meghalaya so far.

The Nagaland Covid19 Status update for 16th June 2021 stands at 111 fresh positive cases, and two deaths, with the recovery recorded at 374.

As the COVID-19 situation in Nagaland continues to be precarious, the State Government has decided to extend the ongoing lockdown in the State till June 30.

The decision to extend lockdown in Nagaland was taken by the State Government’s High-Power Committee for COVID-19 in a meeting on Wednesday.

The decision of the HPC’s to extend lockdown in the State was informed by the panel’s spokesperson – Mmhonlumo Kikon.

“Situation is Improving but we are still not out of the woods. Positivity rate is declining but still requires to be below 5 % and we need to vaccinate more than 50% of the population,” Kikon added.

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Mmhonlumo Kikon further informed that respective District Task Forces have been directed to work out relaxations or restrictions required as per the local situation.

“We acknowledge the inconvenience faced by the people but given the circumstances we have to continue with the lockdown for now,” Kikon said.

Meghalaya tells shopkeepers, get the jab, then do business.

With Iewduh, the largest traditional market in Meghalaya all set to reopen from Friday, a vaccine drive is underway for the shopkeepers and their staff.  Over 350 shopkeepers of the Iewduh market  turned up for vaccination at the office premises of Syiem of Hima Mylliem on Wednesday (June 16).

 Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said, “Vaccination drive is underway at Iewduh along with awareness by doctors to shopkeepers and hawkers on COVID Appropriate Behaviour. More than 350 shopkeepers in line (for vaccination).”

Iewduh will partially reopen for business from Friday.

However, vegetable vendors, wholesalers, meat and fish sellers have not been allowed to reopen business for the time being.

As per reports, shops dealing in essential items would be allowed to open twice a week. Shops dealing in non-essential items would open only once a week.