Night Curfew Imposed In 10 Districts Of Uttar Pradesh From 8 PM To 7 AM
The Uttar Pradesh Government on Thursday announced a decision to impose night curfew in 10 districts, including Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Prayagraj, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Gorakhpur, and Lucknow. These districts have more than 2000 active covid-19 cases.
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Office shared the announcement on their official Twitter handle, quoting Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, “Lucknow, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Kanpur Nagar, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Gorakhpur along with all the other districts having more than 2000 active cases will be under night curfew from 8 pm to 7 am. The decision to be imposed with immediate effect: UP CM Yogi Adityanath Ji.”
Apart from imposing a night curfew, the state government announced the closing of schools until 15th May. Board exams for class 10th and 12th have been deferred till 20th May. Board exams in the state were scheduled to start from 8th May.
“Schools up to class 12 are being closed till May 15, and no examinations will also be held during this period. Also, UP board examinations for classes 10 and 12 have been postponed till May 20,” said an official.
Uttar Pradesh saw the highest daily spike in cases as the state recorded 20,510 fresh covid-19 cases in a day.
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also tested positive on Wednesday, announcing the same on Twitter; he wrote, “After initial symptoms, I got myself tested. My report is positive. I am in self-isolation and following doctors’ advice. I am doing all work virtually.”
Many other states including Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, and Odisha have also announced either night curfew or weekend lockdown.
As per the ministry, Uttar Pradesh has recorded the third-highest number of covid-19 deaths.
The Kejriwal government also announced a weekend lockdown in the capital on Wednesday, allowing only the movement of essential services and passengers coming to and from the airport and railway station.