Lucknow, August 20: Two-day weekly closure has been lifted in Uttar Pradesh. Now the markets, shops and other business outlets will open on Sundays as well.
However, the night curfew will continue from 10 pm to 6 am for now. Following the instructions of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, an advisory in this regard was also issued on Friday.
In the team-9 meeting today, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered to end the statewide weekly bandh on Sunday in view of the deteriorating condition of Covid. After this, Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Home Awanish Kumar Awasthi issued a Government Order (GO) in this regard.
According to the GO, now permission has been given to allow activities on all days of the week i.e. from Monday to Sunday from 6 am to 10 pm with the condition of making masks mandatory, distance of two yards and use of sanitizers. It has also been said in the mandate that the night curfew will continue in all the markets of the state from 10 pm to 6 am. Along with this, the weekly closure fixed earlier in each market will remain in force.
It is worth noting that earlier in the mandate issued on August 11; the government had continued Sunday’s closure, ending Saturday’s weekly lockdown. After this decision of the government, trade boards from all the districts of the state had demanded that when all kinds of activities are happening for six days in a week, then why restrictions should be kept only for Sundays.
The Chief Minister took the decision after considering it sympathetically. However, Chief Minister Yogi has also directed that the Covid protocol should be followed at every place and in every case. There should be no unnecessary crowding anywhere and the police kept on patrolling continuously.
Number of active Covid cases in the state is 408, new patients only 26
In the regular meeting on Friday, Chief Minister Yogi was informed that the number of active Covid cases across the state has come down to 408. In the last 24 hours, 26 new patients were confirmed in the testing. In the same period, 23 patients were healthy and discharged. So far, 16, 85, 877 residents of the state have become healthy after getting rid of corona infection.
Chief Minister Yogi has said that this is the time to exercise caution and caution. A little carelessness can become a factor in increasing the infection. He said that the situation of corona in the state is under control due to aggressive tracing, testing and treatment as well as rapid vaccination policy.
Officials said that today there is not a single patient of Covid in 15 districts of the state Aligarh, Amethi, Badaun, Basti, Deoria, Farrukhabad, Hamirpur, Hardoi, Hathras, Kasganj, Mahoba, Mirzapur, Sant Kabirnagar, Shravasti and Shamli. These districts are free from Covid infection today.
06.24 crore vaccines have been administered so far in UP
In today’s meeting, the Chief Minister was also apprised that so far more than 07 crore 01 lakh 69 thousand Covid samples have been tested and more than 06 crore 24 lakh vaccines have been administered. Over 05 crore 26 lakh people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while the number of people receiving both the doses will soon cross one crore and also every Saturday for the second dose of the vaccine has been reserved.