Sikkim Lockdown Extension News: Looking at the rising cases of coronavirus, the Sikkim government on Sunday extended total shutdown in the state till August 1.  The complete, six-day lockdown, imposed by the hilly state, was scheduled to end on Sunday. Also Read - Deaths, Spike in Cases, Quarantine: What Happened to US Schools That Resumed Classes in July

Issuing a notification, the state government said that that the lockdown in the state will remain in place till 6 AM on August 1. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Lockdown Latest News: Places of Worship, Driving Schools to Open From August 10

“After careful consideration of the situation, it has been decided to extend the period of lockdown in the entire state of Sikkim till 6 AM of August 1, 2020,” Chief Secretary SC Gupta said in the notification. Also Read - Chyawanprash, Maggi, Parle G, Grooming Kit: These Are What Indians Bought During Lockdown

The development comes as the state on Sunday reported its first COVID-19 death after a 74-year-old man succumbed to the disease.

Notably, Sikkim has 357 recorded active cases, while the total cases stand at 499. As many as 142 people have recovered from the disease.

Among the fresh cases are eleven from East Sikkim and seven from the West district.