Lucknow | Jagran Education Desk: The Yogi Adityanath-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government on Friday closed all government and private schools in Uttar Pradesh for students of classes 1 to 8 till April 11 in wake of the alarming rise in coronavirus cases across the country.

Earlier, the Yogi government had closed all schools for all classes in Uttar Pradesh till March 31 amid a spike in COVID-19 cases. The closure of the schools was extended till April 4 after reviewing the situation in the state.

The decision to close schools in Uttar Pradesh has been taken after the state reported 2,600 new COVID-19 cases, taking the overall caseload to 6.19 lakh. Uttar Pradesh, during the last 24 hours, had also reported nine fatalities, pushing the state's death toll to 8,820. 

According to Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad, the number of active cases in the state has gone up to 11,918, of which 6,722 are in home isolation, 287 in private hospitals and the rest in government facilities.

A total of 5,99,045 people have so far recovered from the infection in the state, he said.

Two deaths each were reported from Lucknow and Allahabad and one each from Kanpur Nagar, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Barabanki and Ghazipur on Thursday, the bulletin said.

The maximum 935 cases were reported from Lucknow followed by 242 from Allahabad, 198 from Varanasi and 103 from Kanpur Nagar, the bulletin said.

So far, over 3.49 crore samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the state, including over 1.24 lakh on Wednesday, Prasad said.

He said the vaccination drive against coronavirus is going on at over 5,000 centres and asked people above 45 years of age to get themselves registered through a dedicated portal.

Stressing the importance of the vaccination, he said over 11 lakh people have so far taken its second doses. Prasad said almost half of the new infections are being reported from rural areas.

According to a report from Kaushambi, the district courts complex has been closed for three days after two judges and a staff member were found infected with the virus.

In Lucknow, the district courts campus has been closed for two days after at least four judges and 13 employees tested positive for the virus.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma