SHILLONG, April 3: Amid a renewed spike in COVID-19 cases, the East Khasi Hills district administration has extended night curfew in the district till April 11. The duration of restriction is from midnight till 5 am.
The district administration said that due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the State and in order to put in place preventive and mitigation measures to contain the pandemic, the night curfew has been extended.
On Friday, 15 new cases were detected across the State taking the total number of active cases to 64. Of 4,06,446 persons tested so far, 14,082 were found to be positive, of whom 13,868 have already recovered.
The East Khasi Hills district has the highest number of active cases with 34, followed by West Garo Hills district with 23 till Friday. A total of 150 persons have lost their lives due to COVID-19 in the State so far.
Meanwhile, the night curfew order will not apply to medical teams and officials on COVID-19 duty, police, security and armed forces, and other personnel on emergency and other services.
Movement of vehicles transporting essential goods, security forces and medical equipment, and truck repair shops along the highways have been exempted from the purview of the night curfew.
However, drivers and attendants of the vehicles will be subjected to medical screening as per the existing protocols.
The order further stated that service personnel would have to strictly comply with all protocols and procedures, including social distancing, without fail.
On the other hand, the Health Department has stated that a negative RT-PCR report is mandatory for persons coming from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Chandigarh and Gujarat.
The COVID-19 negative report will be valid only if they have been tested within 72 hours prior to their arrival at the entry point. Those who do not have a COVID-19 negative report will have to undergo paid RT-PCR tests at the entry point.