Lucknow | Jagran News Desk: The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday announced lockdown in the state from 10 pm on Friday till 5 am on July 13, reported news agency ANI. All offices, markets and commercial establishments will remain closed. However, essential services will be allowed. 

Buses and other public transport will be off the road. However, special trains will continue to operate. Factories in rural areas will be allowed to work and works on roads, highways and expressways will continue. 

Petrol pumps and hospitals will function normally. An official statement said that goods carriers will be allowed to operate and construction activities will also continue.

The decision has been taken in wake of the rise in coronavirus cases and deaths in the state. The state has so far reported over 30,000 infections and 845 fatalities. 

Lockdown has been extended in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and West Bengal till July 31 due to the continuous spike in COVID-19 cases and deaths. 

The decision of extension of lockdown comes at a time when the country is going through the second phase of Centre's lockdown exit plan, known as Unlock 2.0. In the firt phase of lockdown exit plan, shopping malls, religious places and markets were allowed to open along with restriction-free intra- and inter-state travel.   

Last week, at a meeting with the Chief Ministers of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to review the coronavirus situation, Union Minister Amit Shah had asked Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to ramp up testing in the state and that that focus should be on reducing mortality rate by ensuring early hospitalisation of patients.

Earlier, Uttar Pradesh had enforced extra restrictions in pockets and containment areas, and sealed borders with Delhi at Ghaziabad and Noida.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta