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COVID-19 clusters in 15 Uttar Pradesh districts to be sealed till April 15

The chief secretary added that only home delivery and medical teams would be allowed to function and this is being done to prevent community spread where numbers are high.

Written by Maulshree Seth | New Delhi | Updated: April 8, 2020 11:34:09 pm
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In a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus through “community transmission”, the Uttar Pradesh government Wednesday decided to seal areas in 15 districts which have emerged as hotspots with more than six positive cases till April 15.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Chief Secretary RK Tiwari said, “So far we have decided to seal hotspots in these 15 districts, where in rest of the district normal lockdown would continue. Hotspots are places from where a cluster of coronavirus cases have been reported. These places would be sealed and only medical services and home delivery would be allowed in these areas.”

Additional Chief Secretary Awanish Awasthi said that the hotspots in these 15 districts would be identified by 5 pm today.

The identified hotspots in the 15 districts are— Agra (22), Ghaziabad (13), Gautambudh Nagar (12), Kanpur (12), Varanasi (4), Shamli (3), Meerut (7), Bareilly (1), Bulandhshahr (3), Basti (3), Firozabad (1), Saharanpur (4), Maharajganj (4), Sitapur (1), Lucknow (8) big and (4) small which would be sealed.

The move comes a day after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that there is still uncertainty over the lifting of the lockdown since the number of coronavirus cases, especially those related to Tablighi Jamaat, has been on an upswing.

The entire country is under lockdown until April 14 for a period of 21 days, as directed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Earlier today, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath flagged off fire tender vehicles to be used for sanitisation purposes in at least 66 tehsils of the state, PTI reported.

“Almost 10 days back, the DGP and Additional Chief Secretary (Home) were told that if the fire tender vehicles are used for sanitisation purpose, then it will help to free the villages and cities from the infection. The modern fire tender is equipped with the latest technology, and they will be engaged in sanitisation works to get rid of coronavirus, Adityanath said.

-with agency inputs

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