New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In wake of the upcoming festivals in the country, the Gautam Budhha Nagar Police on Thursday imposed restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC, which bars the gathering of more than four people at a public place, as a precautionary measure till April 30. 

The decision to impose a ban on large gatherings came as the festivals of Holi, Good Friday, Maharishi Kashyap Jayanti, Navratri, Ambedkar Jayanti, Ram Navami, Mahavir Jayanti, and Hanuman Jayanti will fall between March 17 and April 30.

Meanwhile, Ghaziabad District Magistrate Ajay Shankar Pandey has also issued orders under section 144 criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) to prevent gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic and in view of the festivals ahead this month. The orders were issued also keeping in view various "protests, andolans" and various examinations ahead, and keeping in mind the protection of people from coronavirus and control over the pandemic.

Section 144 of the CrPC will be imposed in Ghaziabad till May 10, as per the order. Face covers or masks will be mandatory for entry in cinema halls, multiplexes, theatres, hotels, restaurants, schools, colleges, and other educational institutions, as per the order.

Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar recorded seven new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday that pushed the district's tally to 25,693. The active cases in the district reached 76 from 78 the previous day. Another nine patients got discharged during the period with the overall recoveries reaching 25,526, the fifth-highest in the state.

Gautam Buddh Nagar has a death toll of 91 with a mortality rate of 0.35 per cent. The recovery rate of patients reached at 99.35 per cent. Meanwhile, the number of active COVID-19 cases in the state rose to 2,014 from 1,912 on Tuesday while the overall recoveries reached 5,95,150 and the death toll reached 8,751 on Wednesday, the data showed. 

The fresh set of restrictions in several parts of the country came amid the exponential rise in COVID-19 cases in the country. India, during the last 24 hours recorded more than 35,000 new COVID-19 cases, which is the highest single-day tally since early December. Registering an increase for the eighth consecutive day, the active caseload reached 2,52,364, which accounts for 2.20 per cent of the total infections. The recovery rate further dropped to 96.41 per cent.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan