New Delhi (Tisha Bhatia) : The Jharkhand government on June 26 announced extension of the state-wide lockdown till July 31.
Jharkhand is the second state to extend the lockdown. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on June 24 had announced extension of the lockdown in the state till July 31.
The decision comes in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in India. The number of COVID-19 cases in India increased by a record 17,296 in 24 hours for the first time on June 26 pushing the total tally to 4,90,401. The death toll climbed to 15,301 with 407 new fatalities. This was the seventh day in a row that India registered over 14,000 cases.
Meanwhile, 29 new COVID-19 positive cases were reported in Jharkhand on Friday, taking the total number of cases to 2,294. So far 12 people have died in the state due to coronavirus infection. It further added that there is a need to take cautious approach while implementing the relaxations granted by Ministry of Home Affairs, due to which, not all of them were permitted in Jharkhand and yet the number of COVID-19 cases continued to rise, it said.