HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Weekly closure on Sunday ordered by the CM of Uttar Pradesh
  • Only emergency services, cleanliness and sanitisation drives to be carried on Sunday in the state
  • Fine of worth Rs 1000 for not wearing masks. Night Curfew in 10 districts in UP from 8pm to 7am
  • UP govt orders to increase bed and hospitals for Covid-19 patients

On Friday, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in a virtual meet, imposed weekly closure on Sunday in the state to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease.

In the state only emergency services, cleanliness and sanitisation drives will be carried out. Yogi Adityanath ordered that all markets in rural and urban areas will observe a weekly closure on Sunday.

In the meeting divisional commissioners, district magistrates, chief medical officers and officers of Team-11 were present.

UP CM urged the officers to ensure that people wear masks and the first-time offenders of the rule will be fined ₹1000 while for repeat offenders the fine would be 10 times.

Uttar Pradesh is among the 12 states and Union territories in India identified as “high burden”. The state is witnessing the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to official data, so far UP records a count of 22,439 cases of the coronavirus disease and 104 new deaths. The government has already imposed night curfew and closing of schools in the state.

The night curfew from 8pm to 7am has been imposed in 10 districts of the state that includes Lucknow, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Kanpur Nagar, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Ghaziabad, Meerut and Gorakhpur instead of 9pm to 6am.

On Thursday, all schools have been closed until May 15 and board exams have also been postponed. The new exam dates to be announced in the first week of May. Earlier this week the CM Yogi Adityanath also tested positive.

The government ordered increased beds and hospitals for Covid-19 patients. The additional chief secretary of health and family welfare said that in 30 districts of the state almost 45 government hospitals and private Medical Colleges have been allotted as Covid hospitals.

Uttar Pradesh CM has also sent health officials to Ahmedabad to buy 25,000 Remdesivir injections.

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