Tribune News Service
Shimla, May 25
In view of the sharp spike in COVID-19 cases in Himachal, the government has decided to extend the curfew period till June 30.
As of now, the curfew in the state has been enforced till May 31.
It was being expected that the curfew period would be extended even though public and private transport, including taxis and autos are to be resumed from June 1.
Officials said all deputy commissioners have issued orders for the extension of the curfew.
With large number of people, belonging to Himachal, returning to the state from Maharashtra, Chennai, Gujarat and West Bengal, the number of corona cases have spiked from about 35 to 217 today.
With two trains carrying almost 1,500 persons from Maharashtra and Gujarat reaching yesterday, a further spike is expected towards the end of this month.
The Cabinet in its meeting on May 23 had authorised all the District Magistrates under the proviso of Sub-Section (4) of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 to extend the order issued by them under Section 144(1) of the Code up to June 30 , 2020.
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