New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday extended the night curfew timings in Noida, Ghaziabad, Lucknow and 7 other districts having over 2,000 active COVID-19 cases. The night curfew in these districts will now start from 8 pm and will continue till 7 am. 

The districts where night curfew timings have been changed are: Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Kanpur, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Meerut and Gorakhpur. 

The UP government had earlier this month announced sweeping restrictions inclduing night curfew in Noida, Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Moradabad and several other districts in wake of the rising COVID-19 cases there. 

This comes a day after Uttar Pradesh recorded its highest single-day spike of coronavirus cases as it reported 20,510 fresh infections in the last 24 hours. This is the biggest rise in daily cases in the state since the outbreak of the pandemic last year.

On Tuesday, the state had reported its highest-ever single-day spike of 18,021 cases, which further increased to over 20,000 today. The spikes in infections have taken the active cases to 1,11,835 in the state. Lucknow, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Kanpur and Gautam Buddh Nagar are the worst-hit cities in the state. 

Meanwhile, the UP government has also postponed the state Board examinations for Classes 10 and 12, while all scools for classes from 1 to 12 will also remain closed till May 15. The government spokesman said that fresh dates for the examinations would be announced sometime in May after the review of COVID situation in the state.

Earlier, the board examinations were scheduled to begin from May 8.This is the second time that the Board exams have been deferred. The exams were earlier scheduled to be held from April 24 but the dates were pushed ahead because of the Panchayat elections. The next date was May 8 which has now been put off.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan