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Jharkhand Extends Lockdown till July 31 as Coronavirus Cases Near 2,300

A healthcare worker screens a returning migrant worker at the Daltongonj railway station in Palamu, Jharkhand. (News18)

A healthcare worker screens a returning migrant worker at the Daltongonj railway station in Palamu, Jharkhand. (News18)

The extension order shall come into force with immediate effect, Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh said, adding that the movement of individuals shall continue to remain prohibited between 9 pm and 5 am.

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  • Last Updated: June 27, 2020, 12:01 AM IST
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The Jharkhand government announced an extension of the lockdown till July 31 on Friday to contain the spread of COVID-19.

"Considering the seriousness of the situation, the state government has decided to extend the lockdown till July 31," Chief Minister Hemant Soren said in a tweet.

The extension order shall come into force with immediate effect, Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh said, adding that the movement of individuals shall continue to remain prohibited between 9 pm and 5 am.

"All activities permitted prior to this order shall remain permitted. The activities to remain prohibited are closure of schools, colleges, educational, training and coaching institutions, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls, shopping malls...," the order said.

Interstate and intrastate bus services, hotels, lodges, inns and dine-in restaurants will not be in operation during this period, it added. Spas, salons and barber shops will continue to remain closed till July-end.

Face masks have been made compulsory at public places, workplaces and during transport, the order said.

"Movement of individuals into the state by private vehicles, taxis shall continue to require an e-entry pass. There shall be no requirement of an e-pass for any other movement of individuals within the state or for leaving the state," it added.

Twenty-nine more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Jharkhand on Friday, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 2,294, a government bulletin said. Forty-two patients also recovered from the disease during the day, it said.

The state now has 635 active cases. While 12 people died of coronavirus, 1,647 patients were cured and discharged from hospitals.

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