Tripura Government on Tuesday announced extension of COVID-19 curfew in Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) areas and 19 other civic bodies till June 5. 

Tripura Law minister Ratanlal Nath said that the State Government has decided to impose COVID curfew across all the urban local bodies (ULB) including AMC and other parts of the state to arrest the spread of the virus. 

“The restriction will come into effect from 5AM of May 26 to June 5 for the ULBs and from May 27 till June 5 for other parts of the state,” Ratan Lal Nath said. 

He also said that the decision was taken in the state cabinet meeting on Tuesday in view of the worsening COVID-19 situation in the state.  

However, all essential services will be exempted from the restriction and shops will open from 6AM to 12PM only. 

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Earlier, the Tripura government had imposed a 10-day corona curfew across the urban local bodies and night curfew in other parts of the state till May 26. 

“In the seven days of the corona curfew the infection rate stood at 21.37 percent,” Nath added. 

 “We have seen that even after 10 days of corona curfew the numbers have increased and the situation demands more measures to fight the outbreak. The government has stepped up efforts to check the spread. Therefore, the decision to continue with the 24-hour curfew was taken by the cabinet,” Nath added.       

Nath also said that all the private offices will remain closed and for government offices, those engaged with emergency services will only be allowed to attend their duty.  

Meanwhile, the state on Tuesday reported a total of 773 fresh cases taking the tally to 47,298 so far. The state also recorded three new fatalities taking the figure to 470 so far. 

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