Uttar Pradesh government announces Sunday lockdown amid rising COIVD-19 cases

Amid rising COVID-19 cases, the Uttar Pradesh government has announced a lockdown on Sunday in all districts. Also, those who will be caught without masks will have to pay a fine of Rs 1,000. Repeat offenders will have to pay a penalty of 10 times the fine amount. "There will be a weekly closure in all rural and urban areas of the state on Sunday. Only sanitation, sanitisation and emergency services will operate during this period. Necessary awareness works should also be done in this regard," said an official statement quoting UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The Uttar Pradesh government has also closed all schools till May 15 and postponed board exams.