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Lockdown in Bihar extended until 6 September

In its bid to curb the spread of Covid-19, the Bihar administration decided to extend the lockdown imposed in the state until 6 September.

Men wearing protective facemasks as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, sit on a public bench in Ahmedabad on August 17, 2020. - India's official coronavirus death toll soared past 50,000 on August 17 as the pandemic

In light of the surging Covid-19 numbers and the uncontrollable spread of the infection, the Bihar government decided to extend lockdown in the state until 6 September along with imposing further restrictions aimed at curbing the virus' spread.

As per the government's newly-issued notification, all public and private offices will run their business with only 50% of their workforce. Rail and air transport will continue operating, while all educational institutions and places of worship will remain shut.

Bihar statement on lockdown extension

The Bihar's government's statement read: ''In view of the present situation of Covid-19 in the State of Bihar, in the 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. 102/1:4.ita. dated 30.7.2020 imposing further restrictions will remain effective till 06.09.2020.''

The current lockdown in the state was due to end on 16 August, however, the state's authorities realized that more time is needed for medical teams to deal with such rapid spread of Covid-19 as the state has recorded 103,383 Covid-19 cases to date, with 3,814 new cases reported on Sunday 15 August only, which forced the government to extend and increase some of the restrictive measures in the state in an attempt to support the medical army in its battle.


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