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UP Government to 'completely seal' off 15 districts: Lucknow, Agra, Varanasi, Ghaziabad included

UP will be sealing off 15 districts including Lucknow, Agra, Varanasi, Meerut and Ghaziabad starting from midnight today. 

Apr 8, 2020 17:58 IST
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The Uttar Pradesh state government has decided to 'completely seal' off 15 districts in the state from midnight today. The announcement was made by Chief Secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari.

UP will be sealing off 15 districts starting from 12 am tonight to prevent community spread. The 15 districts include the state's capital Lucknow and other prime districts such as Ghaziabad, Varanasi, Kanpur, Agra, Firozabad, Saharanpur, Bareilly, Meerut, Bulandshahr, Shamli, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Basti, Maharajganj and Sitapur.  

The order is expected to come into effect from midnight tonight and will reportedly be in place till April 15. 

Following 15 districts will be sealed in Uttar Pradesh:

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UP Districts

1.  Agra
2. Bareilly
3. Basti
4. Bulandshahr
5. Firozabad
6. Gautam Buddh Nagar
7. Ghaziabad
8. Kanpur
9. Lucknow
10. Maharajganj
11. Meerut
12. Saharanpur
13. Shamli
14. Sitapur
15. Varanasi

Significance

The UP state government has ordered complete closure of the fifteen districts to tackle and contain the spread of COVID-19 virus and prevent community transmission, as the numbers are high in the districts.

What does 'complete seal' off mean?

During this time, no person will be allowed to move out of their homes. Only stores with essentials and medicines will be allowed to remain open and all essential services will be delivered at home. The curfew passes will also be reviewed. This was informed by UP  Chief Secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari . On April 13, the last day of the complete seal off, a review will be carried out to analyse the impact of the move and containment of novel coronavirus. 

Coronavirus Hotspots in UP

According to Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Awanish Awasthi, there are 22 COVID-19 hotspot areas in Agra, 13 in Ghaziabad, 12 each in Kanpur and Gautam Budh Nagar, 8 in Lucknow, 7 in Meerut, 4 each in Varanasi, Saharanpur and Maharajganj,  3 each in Shamli, Basti, Bulandshahr and Firozabad, and one each in Bareilly and Sitapur. 

The Additional Chief Secretary added saying that 100 percent lockdown will only be enforced in the hotspot areas of the 15 districts. Other areas will be following the rules and regulations of the previous lockdown. Awanish Awasthi  stressed that there is no need to panic. 

Besides this, wearing of masks has been made compulsory in Uttar Pradesh.  The Director General of Police HC Awasthi said that fire services have been deployed in the 15 districts to carry out an extensive sanitisation drive. The civil supply department in the state along with the medical supply department will enable doorstep-delivery of all essential services. 

Coronavirus Cases in Uttar Pradesh

The total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh rose to 326 on April 8, 2020.  This figure includes 21 recoveries. The death toll in the state currently stands at three, one each in Varanasi, Meerut and Basti. Among the total cases, about 166 are linked with the Tablighi Jamaat event that took place in Delhi between March 13-15, 2020. 

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