In a bid to control the spread of coronavirus, the Lucknow district administration has decided to impose a night curfew in the area from immediate effect. The night curfew, starting from today, will be put in place from 9 pm to 6 am till April 16.
All educational institutions, barring medical, nursing, and para-medical institutes, would remain closed till April 15. However, examinations would be allowed in recognised educational institutes with strict adherence to protocols, said District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash.
Night curfew has also been imposed in Kanpur from 10 pm to 6 am and will remain in place till April 30, Kanpur District Magistrate Alok Tiwari told PTI. There will be exemption on ferrying essential items and there will be no ban on movement of goods vehicles, said Tiwari.Uttar Pradesh reported 40 coronavirus deaths, the highest in recent weeks, and 6,023 new cases on Wednesday, pushing the toll to 8,964 and the tally to 6,45,930.
The 40 new fatalities on Wednesday in the state include six from Lucknow, five from Kanpur, four from Ballia, three each from Allahabad and Varanasi, and two each from Moradabad, Ghazipur, Amroha and Fatehpur, according to a health bulletin.
Of the 6,023 new cases, 1,333 are from Lucknow, followed by 811 in Allahabad, 593 in Varanasi and 300 in Kanpur, among others. As many as 6.05 lakh patients have recovered and there are 31,987 active cases.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath held a video-conference with district magistrates and on Wednesday regarding steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The district magistrate can take decisions regarding holidays and barring examinations, for districts that are reporting more than 100 fresh cases every day and have more than 500 active cases.
Stress was also laid on Covid-19 testing of people at railway stations, bus stations for effective control over COVID-19 and for effective contract tracing.
The government in its statement said that social distancing and masks have been made mandatory. Fifty per cent of the ambulance should be reserved for COVID-19 patients, while rest for the non-Covid-19 patients.
The district and sessions courts in Lucknow have been closed for two days starting Thursday in view of rising Covid-19 cases being reported from court premises and the city.
The district judge has issued directions for the closure of the courts and sanitisation of the campus on April 8 and 9. Now, the courts will open on April 12 as April 10 is the second Saturday and April 11 is Sunday.
On April 2, the Lucknow district courts were closed for two days after four judges, thirteen employees tested positive for Covid-19.
Meanwhile, on April 5, samples of court staffers were collected in which two were found Covid positive in antigen tests, while other samples have been sent for RT-PCR tests. The RT-PCR test results are still awaited.
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