Shimla | Jagran News Desk: The Himachal Pradesh government on Monday extended the coronavirus lockdown in two districts -- Hamirpur and Solan -- till June 30 in wake of the alarming spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the country.

The district administration of Hamirpur and Solan issued the order of the extension of lockdown till June 30. The two districts, however, did not specifically mention the lockdown itself, but its extension is implied. 

The officials of the two districts said that allow several hours of relaxation in the curfew and the lockdown every day, as in the rest of the state.

Essential services remain open during the curfew hours as well. This will continue, the officials said, as reported by news agency PTI.

As per the latest information available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the highly contagious coronavirus has affected over 200 and claimed the lives of three people in the state so far while 63 have been cured and discharged from hospitals.

The state officials have said that Hamirpur, which has reported 57 of 142 active cases in the state, has witnessed a spurt in cases after people in large numbers returned to the state from parts of the country recently.

Over 10,000 people have returned to Hamirpur from various red zones in the country in the past 30 days, PTI quoted District Magistrate Harikesh Meena as saying.

Meena also said that about 10,000 people have returned in the last four weeks from red zones to Hamirpur district. About 170 more people are soon returning to Hamirpur from red zones of Ahmedabad in Gujarat and Thane in Maharashtra in two trains, he added.

The central government had first imposed the coronavirus lockdown in the country on May 24. Following that, the lockdown was extended till May 3, then May 17. The government later extended the lockdown till May 31, giving several relaxations in orange and green zones.

So far, Maharashtra has been the only state which has said that the coronavirus lockdown can be extended beyond May 31 amid the spike in the number of coronavirus cases.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma