The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday decided to further extend the duration of the curfew in the state till May 17 amid a surge in coronavirus cases. The previous curfew was to end on Monday morning.
The UP government had on 29 April announced that weekend curfews will hereon cover Mondays as well. It had later extended the order till 6 May and then extended it further till 10 May.
Until relaxation of the orders, all shops and establishments are required to remain closed. In addition to this, all essential services will be allowed and the Covid-19 vaccination drive will continue.
Most states have taken to lockdowns or night curfews to break the chain of transmission.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said a massive coronavirus vaccination drive will be initiated for 18-44 years age group in the state from May 10. He added that 45 lakh vaccines have been administered to people above the age of 45 years.
He said the drive will be conducted in 17 municipal corporations and Gautam Buddh Nagar area.
“The vaccination drive will be held in Aligarh, Agra, Prayagraj, Kanpur, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Bareilly, Meerut, Moradabad, Lucknow, Varanasi, Saharanpur, Firozabad, Mathura-Vrindavan, Ayodhya and Shahjahanpur municipal corporations and Gautam Buddh Nagar,” the CM said.
The BJP leader said UP recorded the highest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases at 38,055 on April 24, and the highest count of active cases of 3.10 lakh was recorded on April 30.
Cases in Uttar Pradesh
The state on Saturday reported 26,847 fresh cases, pushing the state’s infection count to 14,80,315. As many as 298 more people succumbed to the disease in the same duration. The death toll in UP now stands at 15,170.
Of the 298 fresh deaths, Lucknow reported 38, followed by 23 in Kanpur, 18 in Jhansi, 12 in Meerut, and 11 each in Allahabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar and Ghazipur, according to a statement issued by the state government.
Lucknow also reported a maximum of 2,179 cases, followed by 1,653 in Meerut, 1,518 in Muzaffarnagar, 1,485 in Saharanpur and 1,188 in Gautam Buddh Nagar.
The count of active cases in the state stands at 2,45,736
Meanwhile, a state government spokesperson said around 65,000 people recovered from the infection in the past eight days.
“With an aggressive approach against Covid, the number of about 3.10 lakh active cases on 30 April has come down to about 2.45 lakh, a fall of about 65,000,” the spokesman said.
The official said there has been a steady decline in cases reported daily since 24 April, when around 38,000 infections had surfaced.