Lucknow: Since the number of coronavirus cases is rising exponentially, the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has decided to extend the coronavirus-induced curfew by two more days. The restrictions that were slated to be lifted on May 4, will now remain in place till May 6, 7 AM. “The corona curfew from Friday 8 pm to Tuesday 7 am has been extended for 48 hours. Now it will continue till May 6 till 7 am,” Additional Chief Secretary, Information, Navneet Sehgal said, adding that this arrangement is for this week only. Also Read - Lockdown-Like Restrictions Extended in Punjab's Ludhiana Till May 23

This is the second time the Yogi government has extended lockdown-like restrictions in the state. Earlier, the UP government had extended the curfew by 24 hours to cover Mondays as well to break the chain of transmission. Also Read - Lockdown Extension | How to Apply For E-Pass in Bengal, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Delhi And Maharashtra. Step-by-Step Guide Here

Uttar Pradesh Lockdown: What’s Allowed, What’s Shut

  • All shops and establishments will now remain closed till Thursday 7 am.
  • All essential services will be allowed.
  • Vaccination drive will continue.
  • Private and public offices will remain closed.
  •  Pharmacy shops, hospitals will remain open.
  • All kinds of gatherings including political, sports, entertainment and religious are prohibited.
  • Malls, cinema halls, will remain shut.
  • Restaurants, bars, sports complexes, gyms will remain closed.
  • Educational institutes, such as schools and colleges, will remain closed.

Earlier on Sunday, CM Yogi announced that buses of the Uttar Pradesh State Roadways Transport Corporation will ply only within the state for the next 15 days, while a negative COVID-19 test report has been made mandatory for those travelling to UP by air.

Chairing a high-level meeting virtually, Adityanath directed the officials that a statewide campaign be run in the rural areas, after the panchayat elections are over, to screen the people infected with COVID-19. The campaign will run for five days, the UP government said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh reached 2,95,752 as the overall recoveries climbed to 10,04,447 and the death toll surged to 13,162.