The Himachal Pradesh government has decided to extend the coronavirus-induced curfew in the state till May 26.

The decision to extend the curfew was taken in a state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday.

Informing about the cabinet decisions, state Parliamentary Minister Suresh Bhardwaj told the media that the three-hour daily relaxation in the curfew would be provided for opening essential commodity shops.

The minister said hardware shops would also open on Tuesday and Friday.

Bhardwaj urged the public to either postpone the weddings or hold them in a simple way at their homes with not more than 20 people.

Meanwhile, he COVID-19 death toll in Himachal Pradesh rose to 2,185 on Friday with 67 more fatalities, the highest single-day rise so far, while 3,044 new cases pushed the infection tally to 1,53,717, an official said.

A one-month-old girl in Shimla and a 103-year-old woman in Mandi were among the 67 new deaths, special health secretary Nipun Jindal said.

The highest 32 deaths were recorded in the Kangra district, he added.

The number of active cases in the state stands at 39,623, according to data updated till 7 pm.

The overall recoveries increased to 1,11,878 after 3,362 more people recovered from the infection, the official said.

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