The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday decided to further increase the duration of the curfew in the state till May 17 amid a surge in coronavirus cases. The previous curfew was to end on Monday morning.
Most states have taken to lockdowns or night curfews to break the chain of transmission.
The country, battered by a virulent second wave of coronavirus, has been reporting record cases. In the last 24 hours, it registered 4,03,738 fresh Covid cases and 4,092 deaths, taking the overall case count to 2.22 crore.
Last month Prime Minister Narendra Modi likened the second wave of coronavirus to a storm and urged states to use lockdowns as an absolute last resort. He underscored the need for Covid appropriate behaviour and the use of micro-containment zones and curfews to stem the spread of the virus.