Shillong, Jan 10: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has said the government will be compelled to go for lockdown if the spread of COVID-19 is out of control.
“We have not decided yet and in all likelihood we are not going ahead with lockdown as we want to ensure the livelihood is not affected,” Sangma said on Monday.
Speaking to reporters, Conrad said, “But obviously if the situation goes beyond a certain point then we will be forced to take a decision”.
He said the focus of the government will be on the hospitalisation rate in view of the outbreak of the Omicron variant.
“We are seeing the numbers are rising. It is important for the state to ensure we are looking at the hospitalization rates and the people who are in the ICUs and people who require hospital beds,” he said.
He wanted the people to focus on two aspects – one is vaccination and the other is following protocols including wearing masks.
To a question, Sangma, however, said the state government has not taken any decision like the move of Assam government to declare lockdown for non-vaccinted people.