Noida | Jagran News Desk: Amid the rising coronavirus cases across the country, the district administration of Gautam Buddh Nagar has decided to reduce the limit on the number of attendees at wedding congregations in Noida.

In its latest order, the district administration has capped the relaxations and reduced the number of persons allowed at marriage functions to just 100 from 200.

"These instructions have been given keeping in mind the increasing surge in coronavirus cases. Action will be ensured on violation of the directives. All concerned officials have been instructed to ensure its compliance and efforts will be put in to make the people aware of the new rules," the district administration said in a statement, as reported by India Today.

Before Noida, the Delhi government had also restricted the number of attendees at a wedding function to just 50 from 200 after the national capital reported a spike in coronavirus cases. It has also increased the fine on people for not wearing a mask in public to Rs 2,000.

Meanwhile, the Noida administration on Wednesday sarted random testing of people coming to Noida from Delhi at borders in order to control the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the city.

"The sampling will be done on the Delhi-Noida border. No border will be closed under this plan. The sampling will be done through rapid antigen tests. Also, people will be tested in some Metro stations," news agency IANS quoted a senior Noida official as saying.

The novel coronavirus, which was first reported in India on January 30 this year, has affected around 21,000 and claimed the lives of more than 70 people in Noida.

According to the Uttar Pradesh Health Department, the active number of cases in Noida stands 1,401 while nearly 20,000 have recovered from the infection, taking the city's overall recovery rate to 93.03 per cent.

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