Amid an alarming rise in coronavirus cases, the Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday tightened existing restrictions in worst-hit districts, including extension of night curfew hours and deferring the state board exams till next month.
At the meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, a decision was also taken to extend closure of schools till May 15.
Night curfew – already in place in state capital Lucknow, Prayagraj, Noida, Kanpur, Varanasi, Meerut and Ghaziabad – will now begin from 8 pm and end at 7 am, according to the new order. Earlier, the night curfew was from 10 pm to 5 am in these districts.
All these districts have been witnessing a worrying surge in Covid cases with over 2,000 active cases.
Noida, which borders national capital Delhi, has also been witnessing a surge in cases, forcing the district police to carry out announcements in public places and patrol crowded areas to raise awareness about the situation.
The new restrictions comes amid a worrying surge in cases in the state. The state government has already placed restrictions on gatherings of five or more people in religious places for effective control of the Covid pandemic during the upcoming festivals of Navratri and Ramzan.
On Wednesday, the state reported 20,510 new cases taking the number of active cases in the state to 1,11,835.
Uttar Pradesh is among the states that cumulatively account for 68.16 per cent of India’s total active cases, according to the Health Ministry.