Coronavirus: Lucknow admn orders closure of coaching institutes till Mar 22

Lucknow, Mar 15 (PTI) The Lucknow district administration on Sunday ordered closure of all coaching institutes in the state capital till March 22 in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash warned of action against institutes for non-compliance of the order.

'The owners, managers and coordinators of all the coaching institutes in the district have been directed to keep them closed till March 22. The closure will come into immediate effect,' Prakash said in the official order.

Action will be initiated against those found flouting the order, he said.

The order comes a day after the Uttar Pradesh government closed all schools and colleges in the state where exams are not going on till March 22.

In an office memorandum issued on Saturday, the Lucknow University asked students to maintain distance from each other in exam halls.

'At least one metre distance must be maintained between two examinees,' Controller of Examinations (University of Lucknow) Lt Colonel (retd) A K Mishra said in the memorandum.

Symptomatic candidates will be made to sit in isolation rooms, the memorandum said.

Lucknow University exams are to start on Monday.

The number of coronavirus cases in the country rose to 107 on Sunday, the Union Health Ministry said.

Uttar Pradesh has reported 11 positive cases so far. PTI NAV DIV DIV