Agra 23 March. Piyush Sharma
Uttar Pradesh government has announced lockdown in 16 districts of the state for coronavirus outbreak. The 16 districts include–Agra, Lucknow, Gautam Budh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Moradabad, Pilibhit, Varanasi, Lakhimpur Khiri, Bareilly, Azamgarh, Kanpur, Meerut, Prayagraj, Aligharh, Gorakhpur and Saharanpur. According to state government officials, the “The lockdown will be effective from March 23 till March 25 2020 in 16 districts of the state.
As per the administrative directives only essential commodities like hospitals , medical shops , daily needs shops, dairies etc would remain out from this lockdown in Agra.
On March 20, the centre and the state governments decided to lockdown 75 districts across India. These districts are in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
On Sunday, India observed “Janata Curfew”, following PM Modi’s appeal to contain coronavirus outbreak. In India total 341 confirmed cases and seven deaths have been reported as of March 22.
Unnecessary crowding should be avoided, and people should avoid gathering at public places,” the chief minister said. “This is because as we are standing at a juncture, where even a slight laxity can prove to be harmful.” Government said officials of the police and district administration would undertake patrolling in these districts. “No activity will be done in these districts, where lockdown has been enforced.