Amid the surging coronavirus cases in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath-led government on Thursday announced an extension to the existing weekend lockdown in the state.
The weekend lockdown which was earlier imposed from 8pm on Friday till 7am on Monday has now been extended until 7am on Tuesday, said a government official. It is being assumed that the move is here to stay for the next few weeks to tackle the rising numbers of coronavirus cases.
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by chief minister Yogi Adityanath in presence of top officials of the state. As per the new orders, the weekend lockdown will now begin from 8pm on April 30 and would be in effect till 7am on May 4. All markets, private and public offices will be closed during this period.
The state government has instructed people to remain indoors and only those involved in essential services will be exempted from the restrictions. However, the medical shops, hospitals, and other essential services will be available during the lockdown.
The move from the state government comes after the Allahabad High Court had sent alarms for rising Covid cases in the state. During a hearing on Tuesday, the high court had asked the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government to look for options including lockdown considering the extreme shortage of oxygen and medical facilities in the state.
The development comes a day after the state witnessed the highest single-day rise in its Covid-19 death toll with 266 more people succumbing to disease, pushing the total fatalities to 11,943. While 29,824 fresh cases have pushed the total caseload to 11,82,848 in the state.
As per reports, of 266 new deaths, 21 deaths were recorded in Allahabad, 12 each in Gautam Buddh Nagar and Ghaziabad, 15 in Hardoi, 14 in Varanasi, 13 each in Lucknow and Kanpur, 11 in Gorakhpur, and 10 in Agra. So far, 8,70,864 patients have recovered from the deadly virus, while active cases stand at 3,00,041 in the state.