In order to curb the constant surge in Covid-19 cases in the state, the Uttar Pradesh government will implement lockdown on weekends to stop spread of Covid-19, said a senior state official on Sunday.
“The lockdown on weekends will be implemented from the coming Saturday and Sunday especially in the crowded areas. The markets and offices will remain closed on these days. However, the banks will remain open,” Additional Chief Secretary (Home and Information) Awanish Awasthi told PTI.
“This is being done basically to stop the spread of infection through unwanted physical movement. Economic activities will, however, not suffer,” he added.
The lockdown will remain effective in both urban and rural areas of the state, the official said.
“It (lockdown) will be in place for the month of July at least,” Awasthi said.
The decision comes after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath held a meeting on Sunday with the officers of ‘Covid-19 management team-11’.
Currently, there’s an ongoing 55-hour lockdown implemented in the state, which started from 10 pm 10 July, which would continue till 13 July, 5 am.
As of Saturday, there were 11,490 active Covid-19 cases in UP. While 22,689 patients have been discharged from hospitals after recovery, 913 have died.
At 918, Gautam Buddh Nagar has the third-highest number of active Covid-19 cases in the state after adjoining Ghaziabad district (1,206) and Lucknow (1,149).