Uttar Pradesh Government has announced today that COVID-19 hotspots across 15 districts of the state, the places which have more than six cases of COVID-19 are considered as Coronavirus hotspots, will be sealed till April 14.
The list of districts includes Agra, Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Kanpur Nagar, Varanasi, Shamli, Meerut, Bareilly, Bulandshahr, Basti, Saharanpur, Maharajganj & Sitapur.
The sealing of the hotspots identified will begin at midnight, an officer said. Further, the officer assured that 100 per cent home delivery of essential items will take place in these areas. Soon, an order will be passed that anyone moving out of their house will need to cover their face with a mask or cloth, the government said.
The COVID19 cases in the state have reached nearly 343, including 187 of Tablighi Jamaat, and 26 patients have recovered as of yet, informed Amit Mohan Prasad, Principal Secretary, Medical, Health and Family Welfare, Government of Uttar Pradesh.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has also identified two other kinds of hotspots. “Emerging Hotspots” are areas that saw a rise in cases over a two-week period, and “Potential Hotspots”, which have a high population density.
As per the government sources, 12 hotspots identified in Lucknow are – Vijay Khand, the area around Dr Nazia’s house; Indiranagar area around Kaif Ali Abdi’s house; Alina Enclave, Khurram Nagar in the vicinity of Dr Tausif Haider’s house; the area around Yash Thakur’s house will be partially sealed; Mosque Alijan, Sadar; Mohammadi Mosque Stables, Charbagh; Phulbag Mosque, Kaiserbagh; Mohammadia Mosque, Muzammil Nagar Sahadatganj; Lal Masjid, Alamnagar Talkatora; Nazarbag Mosque, Kaiserbagh; Date Mosque, Triveni Nagar; Ali Hayat Mosque, Faizullaganj Madiav; and Razauli Mosque, Gudamba.
Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh R K Tiwari made the announcement following a meeting wherein Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with key political leaders, indicated that the nationwide 21-day lockdown could be extended.
Awanish Awasthi, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) of Uttar Pradesh, said, “When we open the lockdown it will be after we have ensured that the state is corona free. If even one corona positive person is left, it will be very difficult to open the lockdown and that is why it may take time.”