New Delhi: In the wake of rising COVID-19 cases, the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government on Monday decided to extend the lockdown till September 6. Also Read - Just a Day After Lifting Lockdown, This Country Reported 2020 New Covid-19 Cases

Sources have claimed that tough measures will be implemented in containment and buffer zones to break the chain of highly contagious virus, which has claimed lives of more than 50,000 people across the country. Also Read - Govt Apathy: Villagers In Bihar's Gaya Construct Bridge That Had Been Pending For 30 Years!

During this period, all offices, including government and private will work with 50 per cent strength. Rail and air services will remain functional. All educational institutions and religious places will remain closed. Also Read - Gift to Poll-Bound Bihar: PM Modi Inaugurates Historic Kosi Rail Mega Bridge Through Video Conference

Meanwhile, Bihar’s COVID-19 caseload rose to 1.04 lakh as fresh 2,187 people tested positive for the infection, while 22 fresh fatalities pushed its coronavirus death toll to 537.

Patna district registered the highest number of fresh cases at 255, followed by Bhagalpur (177), Madhubani (127), Aurangabad (113) and Muzaffarpur and Saharsa (97 each), it said.

Bihar has so far tested 16.79 lakh samples for COVID- 19, including 67,212 on the previous day.

The recovery rate among the COVID-19 patients in the state has increased to 69.71 per cent, Information and Public Relations Department Secretary Anupam Kumar said.