Amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh, the state government has imposed a night curfew in several districts. Uttar Pradesh reported 4,689 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday taking the total number of active cases in the state to 27,509.
There will be a nine-hour curfew in Lucknow from April 8 to 16. The night curfew will be imposed in areas under Lucknow Municipal Corporation between 9 pm to 6 am.
All government and non-government schools, colleges, coaching institutes and other educational institutes, barring medical, nursing and para-medical ones will remain closed till April 15, Lucknow DM Abhishek Prakash in a statement on Wednesday. He, however, added that examinations including practical examinations will be allowed in recognised educational institutes with strict adherence to the anti-Covid protocol.
There will be a night curfew in Varanasi from April 8 from 9 pm to morning. However, an official confirmation on the same is still awaited.
During the 9-hour curfew, the supply of fruits, vegetables, milk, medicine and petrol-diesel will continue. Government and semi-government officials working in night shifts and private sector employees involved in essential services are exempted during the curfew hours.
In Prayagraj, a night curfew has been imposed from 10 pm to 8 am on Thursday till further notice. The District Magistrate informed that essential services will be exempted from the curfew. Whereas The night curfew in Kanpur will be from 10 pm to 6 in the night. The curfew will continue till April 30.
District magistrates in Uttar Pradesh have been given the authority to impose night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am in their respective areas if faced with more than 500 Covid-19 cases.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has called an emergency meeting on Thursday regarding the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the state. The meeting will be held today at 7:30 pm in the evening.