The Madhya Pradesh government has extended the ban on passenger bus travel to Maharashtra until July 28, an official said.

The deputy’s additional transport commissioner, Arvind Saxena, issued an order to this effect on Wednesday.

The previous ordinance issued was applicable until July 21.

The MP’s government suspended passenger bus operations with Maharashtra in March this year following an increase in COVID-19 cases in the western state.

It has already lifted the ban on bus operations with Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

Madhya Pradesh reported 15 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the number of infections to 791,704.

No new casualties were reported and the state’s death toll from COVID-19 stood at 10,512, according to the state’s health department.

Maharashtra on Wednesday reported 8,159 new cases of COVID-19 and 165 new deaths, bringing its number of infections to 62 37,755 and the death toll to 1,30,918, according to official data.

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