Just minutes after its announcement, the Nitish Kumar-led government withdrew the order of lockdown extension in Bihar.
The news agency ANI had earlier reported that the state government in Bihar on Wednesday extended the lockdown for 16 more days till August 16.
The COVID-19 tally in Bihar shot up by 2,480 on Tuesday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 43,591, while the death toll mounted to 269. The state health department, however, said the surge in the number of infections was on account of previous days' cases which were added to the system on Tuesday. The state reported 14 fresh deaths, taking the count of fatalities to 269.
Patna has, so far, recorded the highest number of 41 COVID-19 deaths. Districts which have reported more than 10 deaths are Bhagalpur (26), Gaya (17), Nalanda (15), Rohtas (13), Muzaffarpur, Munger (11 each), Darbhanga, Begusarai and Samastipur (10 each). State capital Patna also tops the list in terms of number of confirmed cases at 7,481. Its tally shot up by more than 414 since the previous day.