Those caught without a mask in Uttar Pradesh can face a fine of up to Rs 10,000, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered today as a part of new tougher rules to fight Covid within the state. The state has also announced a Sunday lockdown.
People caught without a mask are going to be fined Rs 1,000 the primary time and Rs 10,000 subsequent .
Yogi Adityanath has also ordered a weekly lockdown in India’s most populous state when only essential services and activities are going to be allowed. this may be a weekly feature, consistent with officials.
Yesterday, the state announced that schools are going to be shut till May 15 and also postponed state board exams after reporting the highest-single day spike in coronavirus cases since the outbreak of the pandemic last year.
Uttar Pradesh reported 104 deaths and 22,439 fresh cases on Thursday, a record spike for the second day during a row after 20,510 cases on Wednesday.
A 7 pm to eight am night curfew has been enforced in 10 districts.
“Corona curfew to be effective from 8 pm to 7 am altogether 10 districts with quite 2,000 active cases including Lucknow, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Kanpur Nagar, Gautam Budh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Gorakhpur,” tweeted Yogi Adityanath on Thursday.
Cities like Lucknow, Varanasi and Prayagraj are among the worst affected within the state.
Yesterday, Varanasi appealed to visitors to place off any trip to the town and made it a requirement for those visiting its prominent temples to supply a negative RT-PCR test report less than three days old.
Various states, battling limited hospital beds, oxygen, medicines and vaccine doses against rocketing cases, are arising with strict restrictions to slow the spread of Covid in its deadly second wave in India.