New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The ongoing lockdown in Haryana has been extended by a week till May 17 with the state government set to impose stricter curbs in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

"Surkshit Haryana announced from May 10 to May 17. Stringent measures will be taken to contain spread of COVID-19 in Haryana. Detailed order to be issued soon," said Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij. 

Earlier, the Manohar Lal Khattar-led government had imposed a week-long lockdown from May 3 across the state, which was scheduled to end today (May 9).   

During this period, several categories which were granted exemption earlier too during weekend restrictions in nine districts, including people who are tasked with law and order, emergencies and municipal service duties and government machinery tasked with COVID-19 related duties, continued to get exemptions.

On Sunday, the state reported 13,548 new COVID-19 cases and 151 deaths in a span of 24 hours. The fresh spike has pushed the state's caseload to 6,15,897 while the active cases stand at 1,16,867. The death toll now stands at 5,605. 

Haryana is among the top 10 states in India that account for 71.75 per cent of the 4,03,738 new COVID-19 cases registered across the country today.

Neighbouring states of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh have also extended their ongoing lockdowns till May 17 as a large part of the country remained under strict curbs due to the raging COVID pandemic with 4,03,738 new cases and 4,092 deaths recorded in a day.

Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Puducherry will also have a two-week shutdown starting Monday, while in Karnataka stringent restrictions will come into effect till May 24. On Saturday, Kerala came under a nine-day complete lockdown.

Maharashtra, Karnataka and Delhi are among 10 states that account for 71.75 per cent of the 4,03,738 new COVID-19 cases registered in a day, the Union Health Ministry said in its Sunday morning update.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta