The Haryana government has extended the Covid lockdown – due to end on Monday – by another week. State Health Minister Anil Vij said “stringent measures” will be taken to enforce the ongoing lockdown as he announced the news on Twitter.
Mahamari Alert / Surkshit Haryana extended from 17 May to 24 May Stringent measures will be taken to implement the Alert.
– ANIL VIJ MINISTER HARYANA (@anilvijminister) May 16, 2021
This is the third time that the state government has extended the ongoing Covid lockdown amid the second wave sweeping the country. Earlier, a week-long complete lockdown was imposed from May 10 till 17. The first lockdown was imposed on May 3 for a week till May 10.
Haryana on Saturday reported 144 virus-related deaths and 9,676 fresh cases, pushing the state’s infection count to 6,85,312, according to a Health Department bulletin.
So far, 6,546 people have died from the infection in the state.
Currently, the state has 95,946 active cases.
The cumulative positivity rate stands at 8.36 per cent while the recovery rate is 85.04 per cent.
More than 40 cases of black fungus or Mucormycosis, a rare but serious condition that mainly affects people on medication for other health problems, have been reported in the state in the past few days, news agency PTI reported quoting Haryana Congress chief Kumari Selja.
The fungal infection has now been categorised as a notified disease in Haryana, making it imperative that government authorities be informed about each case. This will allow in the tracking and management of any outbreak, officials said.
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