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Meghalaya government had said that containment measures, including night curfew, will continue in the state which reported nine more deaths due to COVID-19 related complications on August 8.

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The state during the last 24 hours reported 540 fresh cases of COVID-19 even as 817 patients recovered from the disease during the time. On August 8, there were 5037 active cases.

Six of the nine COVID-19 infected persons who succumbed to the viral infection, were not vaccinated, as per information received from the state health and family welfare department.

Director of Health Services (MI), Aman War said the deaths due to COVID-19 recorded on August 8 were five in East Khasi Hills district, two in Ri-Bhoi district and one each in West Garo Hills district and East Jaintia Hills district.

Meanwhile, with most of the vendors and shopkeepers at Iewduh (Barabazar) in Shillong having completed their vaccination, all shops and stalls in the market have now been permitted to open three times a week.

However, as per an order issued by the East Khasi Hills district administration on August 8, the vegetable market at Iewduh will remain closed till further orders.

“As per order of the High Court of Meghalaya, all shops should display vaccination status of the shopkeepers and staff in the visible/distinct locations as ‘VACCINATED or NOT VACCINATED. Shopkeepers and staff not willing to get vaccinated will have to produce RT-PCR negative report on every 10 days,” the order issued by East Khasi Hills district deputy commissioner, Isawanda Laloo said.

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