Dehradun | Jagran News Desk: In order to break the chain of the highly contagious coronavirus in the state, the Uttarakhand government led by Trivendra Singh Rawat has decided to impose complete lockdowns on weekends in the state.   

"To curb the spread of COVID-19, it has been decided to impose lockdown on Saturdays and Sundays in the state. Guidelines for the same to be issued soon," news agency ANI quoted Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat as saying.

By imposing a lockdown on weekends, Uttarakhand has become the second state after Uttar Pradesh in India to do so. According to a report by news agency PTI, the state government is considering the option of sealing  Uttarakhand's borders with neighbouring states to control the spread of coronavirus.

As per the report, the chief minister has asked the officials to be lenient with people coming to Uttarakhand for important work or those who have bookings in hotels. "Movement of such people can be allowed with certain conditions," he had said.

According to the latest information available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the novel coronavirus -- also known as COVID-19 -- has affected nearly 4,000 in Uttarakhand while 50 people have succumbed to the deadly disease. Meanwhile, nearly 3,000 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals in the state. 

The state reported 199 new cases of the dreadful coronavirus on Thursday, one of the highest single-day increase in infections in the state since the COVID-19 crisis began in India.

According to a state health department bulletin, Udham Singh Nagar district reported the highest 91 cases on Thursday, followed by Nainital (34); Haridwar (30); Dehradun (27); Tehri (10); Chamoli (3); Pauri (3); and Champawat (1).

Till now, 2,995 patients have recovered from the disease while 33 have migrated out of the state, it said, adding that currently the state has 904 active cases. 

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma