Bihar extends lockdown till Sept 6 as Covid-19 cases spurt

New Delhi (NVI): The government of Bihar today decided to extend the ongoing lockdown in the state till September 6, in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in the state.

The state home department issued a notification saying that the restrictions will remain in force in the state till September 6.

According to the state government’s order all offices, including government and private will work with 50 per cent strength. Besides, all educational institutions and religious places will remain closed.

“In view of the present situation of COVID-19 in the State of Bihar, in exercise of the powers, conferred by the MHA by the aforesaid instructions, in continuation of the MHA order, the restrictions imposed issued by this department order wide memo no. 102/f4.F.31t dated 30 7.2020 imposing further restrictions will remain effective till 06.09.2020,” the state government said in a notification.

The state government has also decided to impose a night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am while shopping malls won’t be allowed to reopen in Bihar.

Meanwhile, all the essential and other services, which were allowed in the state earlier, will still be permitted under the new extended lockdown.

Earlier, the Bihar government had extended lockdown till August 16 which was effective from August 1.

Bihar’s coronavirus tally rose to 1.4 lakh after 2,187 more people tested positive for the virus, while 22 fresh fatalities pushed it’s COVID-19 death toll to 537.

-RJV