New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: With 12 fresh cases of coronavirus reported on Tuesday, the district authorities in Varanasi have announced a complete lockdown in the textile hub of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. The city will be shut down completely on April 29. 

As per the order, applicable on areas falling under Varanasi Municipal Corporation, all shops, mandis and home delivery services will remain closed and curfew passes also stand cancelled for Wednesday.

Only officials working in government offices and those involved in essential services, and healh workers of private and government hospitals on COVID-19 duty will be allowed to travel.

District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma said that a decision on opening of shops and resumption of other services in a new manner may be taken after Wednesday. 

Furthermore, those stopping out of their houses other than case of medical emergency may face action by the authorities as strict vigil will be in place. 

Till now, the city has reported 49 cases of COVID-19 while the state has so far witnessed over 2,000 cases and 31 deaths.

The Yogi Adityanath-led government, along with several other states, have proposed a further extension of the ongoing lockdown in wake of fresh cases being reported every day. 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta