Covid-19: Sikkim extends lockdown till August 1

New Delhi (NVI): The government of Sikkim has extended the statewide lockdown till August 1, in the view of rising coronavirus cases in the state.

The state was already under lockdown which was to end on July 27, but seeing the rapid surge, the government decided to extend the lockdown till 6 am of August 1.

However, the step of extending the lockdown will help to combat the further spread of rising cases in several containment zones across the state, especially in the south and east Sikkim districts.

In a notification on twitter, the Sikkim government said that, “Considering the prevailing situation of Covid-19 in the State, the government has decided to extend the period of state-wide lock-down till 6am of 1st August, 2020.”

The notification of lockdown extension comes after the state reported its first COVID-19 death on Sunday, a 74-year-old man succumbed to the disease.

Notably, Sikkim has 397 active coronavirus and total cases are stands at 545. In the recovering cases, 149 people have been cured and discharged.

Meanwhile, all the existing COVID-19 guidelines will remain effective till 6 am of August 1, and all the educational institutions will remain close till August 31.

-RJV