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Lockdown in UP likely to be extended till May 24 amid concern over spike in rural areas

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Lucknow: In order to flatten the coronavirus transmission curve in the state, the Uttar Pradesh government is reportedly planning to extend lockdown till May 24. Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath held a meeting with top officials to review COVID-19 situation in the state.

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Following this, several reports went viral claiming that the CM may announce an extension of the ongoing ‘corona curfew’ by another week. However, an official announcement regarding the same is awaited.

While, the number of infected in urban areas is decreasing with a boost in the recovery rate, however, the infection spreading in the rural areas has become a matter of concern for the government. The UP government does not want to take any chance and might extend the lockdown for a week more.

Notably, the UP government had last week extended the lockdown till May 17. During this period, all essential services like Medical emergency services were allowed. However, all shops and establishments, private and govt offices, educational institutes, such as schools and college, restaurants, bars, sports complexes, gyms all were shut. While, there was a relaxation in wedding (with a cap of 100 people, 50 people in closed areas) and funeral (with a cap of 20 people) services.

The number of containment zones in the state is decreasing rapidly. When the Panchayat elections were underway, the number of containment zones in the state had crossed 90 thousand. But now this number has now been reduced to 51 thousand. According to ADG law and order Prashant Kumar, till May 11, there were 51284 containment zones in the state.

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Around, 37812 police personnel have been deployed to monitor the containment zone. However, after the Panchayat elections, only 30 thousand police personnel were deployed in 90 thousand containment zones. Now the number of containment zones has decreased and the number of police personnel has been increased.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked the officials to be more vigilant in the state. He said that chain of virus should be broken and prevented from transmitting to the rural areas from cities.

On Friday, Uttar Pradesh had recorded 15,747 fresh COVID-19 cases that took the cumulative count to 15,96,628, while 312 more fatalities pushed the total death toll to 16,958.

In the past 13 days, the number of active cases in the state has come down by over 1.17 lakh. On April 30, there were about 3.10 lakh active cases and the number currently stands at 1,93,815, said Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Amit Mohan Prasad.

Meanwhile, as many as 1,57,257 patients are reportedly in home isolation. In the last 24 hours,  26,174 COVID-19 patients have recovered from the disease. So far, 13,85,855 patients have recovered in Uttar Pradesh and the recovery rate in the state stands at 86.8 per cent, as state health ministry data claims.

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