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Lucknow| Amid surging coronavirus cases, the Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday announced the extension of weekend lockdown in the state to also include Monday.

Weekend lockdowns were earlier imposed from Friday 8 pm to Monday 7 am to curb COVID-19 cases. However, such complete lockdown will not remain in force in the state from Friday 8 pm to Tuesday 7 am.

“Lockdown in the state will now remain imposed from Friday evenings to 7 am on Tuesdays. The decision has been taken in the wake of COVID-19 situation,” news agency ANI reported.

The decision came a day after Uttar Pradesh Wednesday reported the highest single-day surge in COVID-19 death toll. The state witnessed 266 fresh deaths on Wednesday along with 29,824 new cases.

Uttar Pradesh now has a total of 11,82,848 COVID-19 cases while the death toll is at 11,943.