Lucknow, April 16, 2021: A statewide lockdown will be enforced in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday in light of the recent surge in new confirmed cases of Covid-19. This Sunday lockdown will come into effect in all cities and rural areas across the state.
In addition, the state government has also decided to collect a fine of Rs 1,000 from anyone found not wearing a face mask. While the fine for first-time offenders is Rs 1,000, a second violation by the same person will attract a penalty of Rs 10,000.
Uttar Pradesh reported 20,510 new confirmed cases of infection on Thursday. The state now has over 1.11 lakh active cases of Covid-19.
Rules for Sunday Lockdown in UP
Top officials have been directed to ensure thorough sanitisation of public spaces during the statewide lockdown on Sunday.
Only essential services will be exempted from this Sunday lockdown. All offices, except for businesses dealing in essential services, will also remain closed on Sunday.
Special emphasis was laid on the strict implementation of restrictions in 10 districts in UP reporting a heightened infection rate.
Local hospitals to be converted into Covid Centres
New Covid-19 hospitals will also be set up as per regional needs. At the same time, local hospitals in Uttar Pradesh will be converted into facilities to treat coronavirus patients.
The United Medical College in Prayagraj will also be turned into a dedicated Covid-19 hospital.
Half of the ambulances, part of the 108 services, will be used only to ferry Covid-19 patients in Uttar Pradesh.
Patients in home isolation will also be taken care of, said the UP government. Measures will be taken to that effect, including reducing the response time of ambulances and shoring up the supply of liquid medical oxygen and other medicines.
Quarantine centres in each district
Quarantine centres will be set up in each district of Uttar Pradesh. Arrangements for food and housing are also to be made at these centres.
It is necessary to notify containment zones to break the chain of transmission, UP CM Yogi Adityanath told officials on Friday.
Covid-19 help desks are to be set up at prominent locations across the state.
Arrangements are also to be made to test travellers entering the state via railways, airplanes.
The UP government has also asked officials to update the list of beneficiaries eligible for food aid so that they can be supplied ration in time.
The decisions were taken during a meeting of the state’s top officials chaired by CM Yogi Adityanath on Friday. Members of the state’s "Team-11" as well as district administration officials were part of this meeting.