The Uttar Pradesh government has imposed a complete lockdown in the state on Sunday in view of rising Covid-19 cases. Essential services, however, will be exempted during the lockdown period. The restrictions will come into effect on Saturday at 8 PM and remain in place till Monday 7 AM.
The state government said that there will a complete lockdown in the both urban and rural regions of the state on Sunday. All government and private offices will be closed and a massive sanitisation programme will be carried out across all 75 districts.
The government has also decided to penalise those found flouting Covid-19 rules. Those found roaming without face mask will be fined Rs 1,000 and repeat offenders will be fined Rs 10,000.
The decisions were taken during a meeting of the state’s top officials chaired by CM Yogi Adityanath on Friday. Members of the state’s “Team-11” as well as district administration officials were part of this meeting.
Rules for Sunday Lockdown in UP
Top officials have been directed to ensure thorough sanitisation of public spaces during the statewide lockdown on Sunday.
Only essential services will be exempted from this Sunday lockdown. All offices, except for businesses dealing in essential services, will also remain closed on Sunday.
Special emphasis was laid on the strict implementation of restrictions in 10 districts in UP reporting a heightened infection rate.
Local hospitals to be converted into Covid Centres
New Covid-19 hospitals will also be set up as per regional needs. At the same time, local hospitals in Uttar Pradesh will be converted into facilities to treat coronavirus patients.
The United Medical College in Prayagraj will also be turned into a dedicated Covid-19 hospital.
Half of the ambulances, part of the 108 services, will be used only to ferry Covid-19 patients in Uttar Pradesh.
Patients in home isolation will also be taken care of, said the UP government. Measures will be taken to that effect, including reducing the response time of ambulances and shoring up the supply of liquid medical oxygen and other medicines.
Quarantine centres in each district
Quarantine centres will be set up in each district of Uttar Pradesh. Arrangements for food and housing are also to be made at these centres.
It is necessary to notify containment zones to break the chain of transmission, UP CM Yogi Adityanath told officials on Friday.
Covid-19 help desks are to be set up at prominent locations across the state.
Arrangements are also to be made to test travellers entering the state via railways, airplanes.
The UP government has also asked officials to update the list of beneficiaries eligible for food aid so that they can be supplied ration in time.
Uttar Pradesh has shown a steep rise in COVID-19 daily cases. The state recorded 22,439 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Thursday. Lucknow accounted for 5,183 of the cases followed by Prayagraj with 1,888, Varanasi with 1,859, Kanpur with 1,263 and Gorakhpur with 750 fresh cases of infection.
Meanwhile, timings for night curfew in ten districts including Lucknow have been revised in view of the worsening Covid situation. The curfew will now begin at 8 PM and end at 7 AM. Besides Lucknow, night curfew is presently in force in Prayagraj, Varanasi, Kanpur City, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Gorakhpur, Shravasti and Moradabad.