Allahabad: The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has refused to implement the order of Allahabad High Court, saying that “it will not impose complete lockdown in any city as of now.” Earlier on Monday, taking cognisance of the deteriorating coronavirus situation in UP, the Allahabad High Court had ordered lockdown in five cities —- Lucknow, Kanpur City, Allahabad, Varanasi, and Gorakhpur. Also Read - Oldest Person to Get Vaccinated: 125-Year-Old Man Receives Covid-19 Vaccine in Varanasi, Says 'Simple Food' is Reason For His Longevity

The High Court had directed to close all the establishments in the state, both private or government ones, till April 26 in view of the rising COVID-19 cases. “Before (the Pandemic) further spirals to engulf in it the entire population of these badly hit districts, it is necessary to take some harsh steps in the larger public interest”, the Allahabad HC bench, comprising Justice Siddhartha Verma and Justice Ajit Kumar said. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Unlock: Huge Crowd at Vegetable Market in Varanasi Days After UP Lifts Lockdown

Later, the UP government issued a statement and asserted people are voluntarily shutting establishments due to the surge in corona cases. “Today in the order of the Hon’ble High Court, the spokesman of the UP government has conveyed that the Corona cases have increased in the state and strictness is necessary for the control of the Corona. The government has taken many steps, strict steps are being taken even further,” the statement read. Also Read - Varanasi: 2 Dead, 7 Injured After a Building Collapses Near Kashi Vishwanath Dham

It added, “Along with saving lives, the livelihood of the poor has to be saved. Therefore, there will not be a complete lockdown in the cities. People are automatically shutting down many places willingly.”

If reports are to be believed, the Uttar Pradesh government is also expected to approach the Supreme court against the Allahabad HC order to impose lockdown in Allahabad, Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur City and Gorakhpur.

As per the Allahabad High Court order, all grocery and other commercial shops with more than three workers were to be closed in these 5 cities till April 26.

Notably, Uttar Pradesh registered the highest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases as well as fatality count on Sunday, with the virus claiming 129 more lives, while 30,596 fresh cases pushed the state tally to 8,51,620. Of the 129 fresh COVID-19 deaths, 22 fatalities were reported from Lucknow, followed by 15 from Prayagraj, 10 from Varanasi, eight from Kanpur, six from Etawah, five from Mathura and four each from Bareilly, Moradabad, Rae Bareli and Gonda.

Of the fresh cases, Lucknow reported 5,551 cases followed by 2,011 from Varanasi, 1,839 from Kanpur and 1,711 from Prayagraj.