The Manipur government on Wednesday extended Covid curfew in seven districts of the state till July 10, which was scheduled to end on June 30.

The curfew was first imposed on May 8 and repeatedly extended in the districts of Imphal West, Imphal East, Bishnupur, Kakching, Thoubal, Churachandpur and Ukhrul due to a surge in coronavirus cases.

As per the fresh order, agriculture, horticulture, MGNREGA works will be allowed, stationary and optician shops outside the main markets of Thangal Bazaar and Paona Bazaar shall open from 10 AM to 2 PM.

The order further stated that vegetable vendors and grocery shops shall open from 7 AM to 10 AM on July 1, 4, 7 and 10.

The Manipur High Court may decide its activities, based on various measures taken by the government, as deemed appropriate, the order stated.

“The COVID situation in the state has improved compared to May 2021. However, a careful approach along with mass vaccination is required to ensure the pandemic is controlled,” it said.

Further easing up of Covid-induced restrictions will depend on the present scenario and the progress in vaccination.