The Uttar Pradesh government has decided a 55-hour lockdown by Monday across the state amid an increasing number of infection cases. The lockdown will be in force from 10 pm on Friday night and will remain till 5 am on Monday.
In an order issued by Chief Secretary of State RK Tiwari, the government clarified that the move is 'to prevent the spread of communicable (spreading) diseases like Kovid-19 and Malaria, Encephalitis, Dengue, and Kala-Azar'.
Talking about the rules of driving a vehicle, it will not be different from the earlier lockdown even in the latest lockdown. There will be large scale restrictions on exit to break the chain of virus spread.
The state government order clearly states that there will be no restriction on the movement of personnel working in essential services, corona warriors, sanitization, and door-step delivery staff. Cargo vehicles will also not be banned.
The order also states that national and state highways will remain open and at the same time petrol pumps will also be operational on these highways. Surveillance is likely to increase between the state's borders, especially Noida and Delhi. Law enforcement agencies will take action on vehicles violating Kovid-19 restrictions and not involved in essential services.
Other rules of the Kovid-19, such as wearing masks while traveling or the number of people inside the car will remain the same. However, vehicles that are not part of the essential services will be stopped and punished for breaking the restrictions of Kovid-19. E-passes issued by UP officials will be needed to cross the border.
In the state, especially in western districts, Gautam Buddha Nagar and Ghaziabad, there has been a lot of violation of the rules of lockdown by vehicles. On Wednesday alone, 11 people were arrested and owners of 690 vehicles were arrested in Noida and Greater Noida for violating the restrictions imposed due to the Kovid-19 epidemic.
Since implementing the first phase of lockdown on 23 March, 8,300 were detained in Gautam Buddh Nagar, UP, challans of over one lakh vehicles were seized and more than 2,000 were seized.
As of Thursday, 1,248 new Kovid-19 positive cases were reported in Uttar Pradesh in the last 24 hours. At present there are 10,373 active cases, 21,127 people have been discharged and 862 patients have died due to infection.