New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Day after extending the night curfew timings in 10 districts in the state, the Uttar Pradesh government on Friday announced a Sunday lockdown in every district of the state to tackle the rising COVID-19 cases in the city and stop people from venturing out of their houses during the festive season. 

The state government also announced that a penalty of up to Rs 1,000 will be imposed on the person seen flouting COVID-19 protocols in the state like wearing masks and not adhering to social distancing norms. 

The decision came as the state is witnessing a massive surge in daily coronavirus cases, with the tally creating new records every day. Uttar Pradesh, during the last 24 hours, reported over 22,000 fresh COVID-19 infections while 114 succumbed to the deadly infection during the span of 24 hours.

This is the highest single-day spike in daily COVID cases the state has ever witnessed since the start of the pandemic last year. The death toll is also the highest since September last year.   

The decision to impose Sunday lockdown in every district came a day after the UP government extended the night curfew timings in 10 districts where active cases are above 2,000. The night curfew in these districts will now start at 8 pm and will continue to be in force 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.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also ordered the establishment of a 1,000-bed makeshift COVID hospital here to tackle the rising number of coronavirus cases. The Chief Minister made the direction for setting up the hospital during a review meeting with divisional commissioners, district magistrates, chief medical officers and his Team-11 (a core team of 11 officers).

"A 1,000-bed COVID hospital should be established in Lucknow. The venue of the Defence Expo may be a good place for this," said a government spokesperson, quoting the Chief Minister.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan