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Noida Police invokes Sec 144 of CrPC amid COVID-19 outbreak

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Amidst an increase in the number of COVID-19 infected cases in Noida, the civic administration and local authorities ramped up the efforts to prevent further spreading of infection and invoked Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Act (CrPC) in the city.

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Post the implementation of Section 144 of CrPC, public gatherings like a social or political congregation, trade fairs and rallies and more will not be allowed in any case till April 15, as per the orders from the authorities.

As per Gautam Buddh Nagar health officials, the measures taken have been intensified as a resident of Noida Sector 41 who recently returned from Indonesia has tested positive for coronavirus, taking the toll of infected people to four in the city.

The samples from the Noida resident was taken four days ago for testing and he was tested positive for COVID-19.

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In a statement, Anurag Bhargava, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) said, the infected person has been admitted to the Government Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS).

Further, the CMO said, the house of the infected person has been sanitised and neighbours and other people living nearby are put on surveillance.

Prior to this case, on Tuesday, March 17, two residents of Noida’s Sector 78 and Sector 100 who recently returned from France, had tested positive for coronavirus, informed the officials. Also, the officials added that a resident of Delhi had earlier tested positive for coronavirus in Noida.

Ashutosh Dwivedi, Additional Commissioner of Police, Law and Order said, “In view of the situation, all social, political, cultural, religious, sports-related events and trade programmes, rallies and demonstrations are being banned till April 5.”

The Police is using their authority under Section 144 of CrPC to prohibit public gatherings in light of the seriousness of the viral infection.

Moreover, any information related to any person infected with coronavirus must be informed to health officials or hospitals on immediate basis. Failure to do so would invite legal action under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 188, 269 and 270, added the Additional Commissioner of Police.

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B N Singh, District Magistrate said that regular tests are being conducted for COVID-19 in the district and a new facility with 300 beds has been set up in a Gautam Buddh University hostel to keep suspected patients quarantined there.

The civic bodies have already set up an isolation ward with 400 beds at the newly-constructed district hospital in Noida Sector 39. Further, People can dial 8076623612 or 6396776904 or 0120 2569901 for any query related to the virus outbreak and also use email dmgbncorona@gmail.com.

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