Noida: Taking strong measures to control the rapid spread of coronavirus in the state, the Yogi Adityanath government has decided to ‘firmly implement’ the lockdown and ‘completely seal’ 15 disricts of Uttar Pradesh that have emerged as Corona hotspots. Also Read - 15 UP Districts, Including Noida, Ghaziabad, to be Sealed Off From Tonight

The sealing will begin at midnight and continue till April 15, state Chief secretary announced, assuring that 100 per cent home delivery of essential items will take place in these areas.

The districts that have hotspots include Lucknow, Noida, Ghaziabad, Sitapur, Kanpur, Agra, Ferozabad, Bareilly, Meerut, Shamli, Saharanpur, Bulandshahr, Varanasi, Maharajganj and Basti.

These hotspots will remain sealed till April 15 during which intensive sanitization work will be undertaken.

While briefing reporters, additional chief secretary home Avanish Awasthi said that in the identified districts there are multiple hotspots.

What things will be banned?

The additional chief secretary said that vehicular movement will be completely banned in the sealed areas. Journalists and photo journalists will also not be allowed in these areas.

All grocery and vegetables shops, petrol pumps, banks and ATMs will remain closed in the hotspot areas.

The government will ensure doorstep delivery of all essential commodities for the residents and no one will be allowed to step out of their house. In some areas, resident will not be allowed to move on their terraces.

He appealed to the people not to panic because all essentials would be made available to them through the helpline.

Masks made mandatory

Following the examples of Mumbai and Odisha, UP has also made it mandatory for the public to wear a face mask while venturing out. Action could be taken against those violating the decision.

There have been 326 cases of coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh, of which three patients have died and 21 have recovered. Total coronavirus positive cases in India has crossed 5,100 with Maharashtra being the worst-hit accounting for one-fifth of the total cases in the country.