The Uttar Pradesh govt. has decided to impose a 3-day lockdown starting from 10th July, Friday to 13th July, Monday. The decision comes after the state saw rapid increase in Covid-19 cases. Prior to this decision, the UP govt. had imposed extra restrictions in areas situated near Delhi, in order to check the spread of the disease.
Here are complete guidelines regarding the ‘3-Day’ Lockdown:
On July 9, the Gautam Budh Nagar district recorded 172 new cases, which was the highest single day rise. With this, the total cases in UP increased to more than 30,000. Out of these, almost 20,000 people have recovered and the death toll stands at 845. This led the UP government to go for a complete lockdown for the first time since the country entered the Unlocking Phase.
Last week, at a meeting to review the Corona Virus situation in states, Home Minister Amit Shah had asked the Yogi government to increase testing. This is because Uttar Pradesh has one of the lowest testing in the country. Following this, Amit Mohan Prasad, State Principal Secretary (Health) also informed that, 7 new RT-PCR laboratories will be opened in UP in the upcoming days. These will be located in Aligarh, Varanasi, Gonda, Moradabad, Bareilly, Mirzapur and Lucknow. This will help in enhancing the testing strategy of the state.