With corona cases surging, lockdown may be extended

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Lucknow, April 6 (IANS) With the number of Covid-19 patients rising alarmingly in Uttar Pradesh and threatening to cross the 300 mark, the Yogi Adityanath government is now reviewing its decision of lifting the lockdown on April 15.

Chief Secretary R.K. Tiwari told reporters on Monday that the surge in numbers of Corona positive cases had taken place because of the Tablighi Jamaat members in the state.
“There is still time for the lockdown and we will review the situation and then decide,” he said.
The chief secretary said that almost all the Tablighi Jamaat members who had attended the Nizamuddin meeting in Delhi had been tracked. “We are now tracking their contacts and once this is done, we will review the situation,” he said.
Meanwhile, sources said that the government could continue to lockdown in cities like Gautam Buddha Nagar, Noida, Ghaziabad, Agra, Lucknow that had emerged as hotspots for Corona cases.
“There are 33 districts as of now that have reported Corona cases. The lockdown may be extended in at least a dozen district that are ‘Corona sensitive’. The lockdown could be lifted in other districts that have reported no cases but inter-city movement will be restricted,” said a senior official.