Dehradun: In view of the alarming rise in the COVID-19 cases, the Uttarakhand government on Wednesday announced to shut down all government offices (except for those involved in essential services) in the state closed till May 1. At present, Dehradun district’s Rishikesh, Dehradun, Garhi Cantt and Clement Town’s municipal areas, Nainital’s Haldwani Municipal Corporation, Lalkuan Nagar Panchayat, and Ramnagar  and Haridwar district’s Roorkee, Laksar and Bhagwanpur are under curfew that will continue until 5 am on May 3.Also Read - Very Special Talent: RR Head Coach Kumar Sangakkara Lavishes Huge Praise On Pacer Prasidh Krishna After Win vs RCB | IPL 2022 Qualifier 2

Only essential services will be allowed during the curfew hours. Earlier last week, the state government had imposed a night curfew in all districts. Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash had said, “In view of increasing COVID-19 cases, a night curfew is imposed in all districts between 9 pm to 5 am. Weekend curfew to imposed in Dehradun Municipal Corporation areas from April 18.” Before that, the night curfew was in effect in the state between 10.30 pm to 5 am. Also Read - Hyderabad Woman Repeatedly Stabbed on Busy Road; Video Goes Viral

On Tuesday, Uttarakhand reported 96 deaths and 5,703 cases, the highest single-day count since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. The infection has killed 2,309 in the state, which has reported 1,62,562 so far, a Health Department bulletin said. Dehradun district reported the maximum 2,218 cases on Tuesday, followed by Haridwar (1,024), Nainital (848), Udham Singh Nagar (397), Uttarkashi (242), Chamoli (214), Tehri (204), Almora (189), Pauri (132) and Pithoragarh (98). There are 43,032 active cases in the state while 1,13,736 people have recovered from the infection so far, the bulletin said. Also Read - Horoscope Today, May 28, Saturday: Highly Productive Day for Aries, Pisces to Make Major Business Decisions