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Meghalaya: To keep Covid situation under control during By-polls, Durga puja is challenging; Health Minister

SHILLONG: As the state is gearing up for the upcoming by-polls and Durga puja celebration, Meghalaya Health Minister James Sangma on Friday urged the people of the state to strictly follow the COVID-19 protocols given the state government adding “With Durga Puja and bye-elections approaching, the government will face a difficult task in keeping the COVID situation under control.

The Minister said, “We’re hoping for the best while gearing up for the worst.” If we say everything is appropriate, that could be interpreted as complacency.”

Durga puja is on the corner and celebrations have already started almost everywhere.

Meanwhile, the by-polls in Meghalaya will be held in three Assembly constituencies–Mawryngkneng, Mawphlang, and Rajabala constituencies.

By-polls in Meghalaya are scheduled for October 30.

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The Election Commission of India has announced by-elections for three parliamentary and 30 assembly seats across 15 states and Union Territories (UTs).

The Health Minister further said although Meghalaya’s Health Ministry reporting a weekly positivity rate of the infection of more than 5%, the state is taking all precautions.

The state has also issued an SoP for the festival of Durga Puja to be celebrated in the state.

Minister Sangma said, “Participants in the festivals must adhere to all of the guidelines and SOPs issued by the state government.”

He further urged everyone to remain vigilant and cautious.

Moreover, the health department will closely monitor the situation.


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