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Himachal Pradesh extends the lockdown until 30th June

Dhirar Village in Hamirpur district (image source: wikimedia commons)

The recently reported spike in new COVID cases in Himachal Pradesh has made the government take some decisions. Yesterday, the district administrations of Hamirpur and Solan notified that the lockdown will extend till 30th June. Last week, many new cases were reported that caused these districts to extend the lockdown. Hamirpur reported 63 new cases and Solan district reported 21 new cases. With immediate effect, Strict lockdown procedures will be followed in these two districts.

All the other districts of Himachal Pradesh extended the lockdown as well. More information in regards to quarantine and other travel-related restrictions will be announced within this week.

According to the recent data provided by the Health Ministry, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh is 203. Out of these, 63 patients have successfully recovered. Until now, 3 people have died due to the virus. The new cases were directly linked to the people traveling mostly from Mumbai. Mumbai is part of the state of Maharashtra, which is the hotspot for the most number of active coronavirus cases.

The following report highlight by ‘The Economic Times’ shows the decision taken by the state government.

The decision to extend the lockdown has drawn criticism from the local business community. The lockdown had an adverse effect on the livelihood of local people who find it hard to make ends meet. This decision has worried small and medium businesses who were hoping for relaxation in the lockdown restrictions. Businesses involved in the tourism sector have been constantly asking the government for economic relief. However, no help has been provided for these businesses.

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