The north-eastern state of Sikkim has extended the statewide lockdown till 6 am of August 1 in view of increasing COVID19 cases in the Himalayan state.
The state was already under lockdown from 21st July till Monday morning, which has now been extended. The Sikkim government extended the lockdown following a rapid surge in COVID19 cases and designation of several containment zones across the state, especially in East and South Sikkim districts.
The state also reported its first COVID19 death on Sunday. As per the latest health bulletin, 45 new cases took Sikkim’s active COVID19 cases to 397 and total cases to 545, while 148 people have been discharged after recovery.
Thirty-one of the new cases are from South Sikkim district while 14 are from East Sikkim. All existing lockdown guidelines would be effective during the extended period till 1st August. All educational institutions in the state will remain closed till 31st August, 2020.