Shillong, June 4: The state government today extended the lockdown throughout the state till June 14 as the positivity rate in the state is still a matter of concern.
Partial lockdown was imposed in East Khasi Hills district from May 1 and later on May 18 a total lockdown was imposed in the district with cases rising alarmingly in the district.
During this period, the rest of the ten districts of the state were under partial lockdown. However, throughout the state it was ensured that supply of essential commodities was not hampered due to the lockdown. The Chief Minister said after a meeting that though the new COVID-19 cases are going down, the positivity rate continues to be in double digit. The current positivity rate in the state is 16.2 percent. He added that though the numbers are going down, the positivity rate remains "a matter of concern." The trend, Sangma said, is showing some relief as there has been some improvement to the situation.
"We understand it's difficult for the people, but we will continue with the lockdown for one more week," Sangma said. This virus strain (delta) is much "more potent and dangerous" and a large number of lives are being lost. Many in D category even today or in serious condition, he said adding: "We cannot let our guards down."