Lucknow, July 09: The Uttar Pradesh Government on imposed lockdown in the State from 10 pm tomorrow till 5 am on 13th July, permitting movements only for providing medical and essential services in the state.
"The curbs have been imposed in the state to check the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases," Chief Secretary R K Tiwari said in an order communicated to district officials all over the state.
This decision has been taken after reviewing the present situation of the COVID -19 pandemic and for putting an effective check on it, the chief secretary said, adding all offices and markets will remain closed during this period although medical and health services and other essential services will continue as before.
The state had reported 17 more deaths and over 1,200 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, taking the state''s infection tally to 32,362.
So far, 862 deaths have been reported in the state, Additional Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said.
The number of active cases has gone up to 10,373, while 21,127 have been discharged from hospitals after recovery, he said.
A total of 1,206 fresh cases have been reported since Wednesday.
On Wednesday, 32,826 samples were tested in the state, he said, adding that over 10.36 lakh samples have been tested so far.
Prasad said testing capacity was constantly being increased and in a couple of days seven new labs of RT-PCR test will be added by the health department in Aligarh, Varanasi, Gonda, Moradabad, Bareilly, Mirzapur and Balrampur hospital in Lucknow.
Recently, a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases was seen in areas where people were either working or living very close to each other.
"Many cases have been reported from workplaces like call centres, media houses, police barracks and other such places where people work or live in close proximity. There is a need to strictly follow the norms of social distancing as well as use of face cover or masks," Prasad said.
Stressing that there were adequate arrangements for the treatment of COVID-19 patients with 1.50 lakh bed capacity being created, he made an appeal to seek timely medical attention in the form of testing and treatment of the infection, which is being provided by the state government free of cost.
Reiterating that the network of COVID-19 help desks set up in the state was proving to be useful in detection of cases, he said 35,809 help desks have so far identified 14,763 people with symptoms and the process of their sample testing was on.