New Delhi: With the rising cases of coronavirus in the state, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said that the lockdown will be imposed from March 23 in 15 districts of the state. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: Delhi Imposes Section 144 From 9 PM Today Till March 31

As per the update from the chief minister, the districts where the lockdown will be imposed include Agra, Lucknow, Gautam Budh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Moradabad, Varanasi, Lakhimpur Khiri, Bareilly, Azamgarh, Kanpur, Meerut, Prayagraj, Aligharh, Gorakhpur and Saharanpur. Also Read - Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh: Theaters in Noida, Ghaziabad to Remain Shut Till March 31

“The lockdown will be effective from March 23 till 25 in 15 districts of the state,”Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said in a press conference.

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Metro Rail services in Lucknow will remain suspended till March 31.

“The orders have been issued in accordance with the instruction from Government of India to close all Metro Rail services across country for containing coronavirus spread,” MD Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Kumar Keshav told PTI.

He also added that such stringent actions have now become inevitable to guard against the pandemic.

Earlier in the day, Adityanath had urged for the extension of ‘Janata Curfew’ till early morning and had said the police and administration should patrol the streets.

He had also said that arrangements are being made for free tests and treatment of people infected with coronavirus in the state.

“Chief Minister has appealed that the ‘Janata Curfew’ be extended till early morning, and the police and administration should patrol the streets,” Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi in a statement in Lucknow.

Adityanath had said the number of isolation beds for coronavirus-patients too is being increased. As per updates, there are more than 2,000 isolation beds in the state and the number of such beds will be more than 10,000 within the next two days.

“The number of persons infected with coronavirus was 27 in the state. Eleven people out of them have become completely healthy. The rest of them are stable and their condition is improving rapidly. In order to prevent the increase in the number of coronavirus-infested people, we have to be prepared for campaigns like ‘Janata Curfew’,” the chief minister said.

He also said that the ‘Janata Curfew’ is a collective fight under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the safety and health of 130 crore citizens of the country.

“The government is making arrangements for the maintenance and food for those who are unable to find work in the present situation. There is no problem, so do not hoard essential commodities by crowding shops,” he urged the citizens.