In order to check the spread of novel coronavirus in the state, the Haryana government on Sunday extended the ongoing lockdown-like restrictions till 24 May. Taking to Twitter, the state health minister Anil Vij said, “Mahamari Alert/Surkshit Haryana extended from 17 May to 24 May. Stringent measures will be taken to implement the alert.”

Earlier, the lockdown was extended from 10 May to 17 May.

During the ongoin lockdown period, the government has urged the residents to stay indoors, officials said. However, several categories which were granted exemption earlier too during weekend restrictions in nine districts, including people who are tasked with law and order, emergencies and municipal service duties and government machinery tasked with COVID-19 related duties, continue to get exemptions during the lockdown.

To curb the virus spread, the state government had recently put several other restrictions in place including imposition of prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC and daily night curfew.

Meanwhile, Haryana on Friday reported 164 COVID-19 related deaths, taking the toll to 6,402, while 10,608 fresh infections pushed the case count to 6,75,636.

According to the health department’s daily bulletin, the latest deaths included 16 from Rohtak, 15 from Gurgaon, 12 from Jind, 11 each from Hisar, Panipat and Bhiwani and 10 from Ambala district.

Among the districts which continued to report a big spike in cases included Gurgaon (2,144), Hisar (1,146) and Faridabad (8,26).

After a gap of a few weeks, the total number of active cases in the state dropped below 1-lakh mark to 99,007.

The total recoveries so far were 5,70,227, the bulletin stated.

The cumulative positivity rate was 8.30 percent, it said.

The recovery rate was 84.40 percent, it added

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