Sikkim, June 6: Sikkim government has extended its lockdown till 5 am on June 16, an extension by a week as the current lockdown period ends on June 7.

Sikkim has been in partial lockdown since May 6, while the complete lockdown has been implemented since May 16.

As per the top source informed the state government extended the relaxation on ration shops and vegetable shops. The shops will be allowed to run from 7 am to 2 pm. There is also a consideration on allowing few other essential shops, other than ration to open in the time designated by the government.

Sikkim’s COVID-19 tally rose to 16,771 on Saturday as 253 more people tested positive for the infection, while two fresh fatalities pushed the Himalayan state’s coronavirus death toll to 268, a health bulletin said.

East Sikkim recorded the highest number of new cases at 110, followed by South Sikkim (67), West Sikkim (47) and North Sikkim (29).

Sikkim now has 4,218 active cases, while 12,049 people have recovered from the disease and 236 others have migrated to other states so far.

The Himalayan state has tested over 1.3 lakh samples thus far, including 2,655 in the last 24 hours.