UP announces Sunday lockdown, ₹ 10,000 fine for second mask-violation


Those caught without a mask in Uttar Pradesh can face a fine of up to ₹ 10,000, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered today as part of new tougher rules to fight Covid in the state. The state has also announced a Sunday lockdown.

People caught without a mask will be fined ₹ 1,000 the first time and ₹ 10,000 the next.

Yogi Adityanath has also ordered a weekly lockdown in India’s most populous state when only essential services and activities will be allowed. This will be a weekly feature, according to officials.

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Yesterday, the state announced that schools will 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 in a row after 20,510 cases on Wednesday.

A 7 pm to 8 am night curfew has been enforced in 10 districts.

“Corona curfew to be effective from 8 pm to 7 am in all 10 districts with more than 2,000 active cases including Lucknow, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Kanpur Nagar, Gautam Budh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Gorakhpur,” tweeted Yogi Adityanath on Thursday.

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Cities like Lucknow, Varanasi and Prayagraj are among the worst affected in the state.

Yesterday, Varanasi appealed to visitors to put off any trip to the city and made it a must for those visiting its prominent temples to produce a negative RT-PCR test report not more than three days old.