Desolate roads with police barricades, checkpoints mark Night Curfew in city of Nawabs

All Photos from Ground: Anil Jaiswal

Lucknow: The city of Lucknow has finally gone into night curfew mode. As the clock struck 9 pm barricades were put up and police bandobast was ncreased on the streets of Lucknow. Roads wore a deserted look and public movement came to a standstill.

The night curfew has come after a surge in the number of COVID cases in several districts of Uttar Pradesh. CM Yogi Adityanath had allowed the administration to take necessary decisions revolving around implementing COVID protocol.

Hours after the go ahead, the Lucknow administration announced night curfew in Lucknow municipal corporation area.

The curfew will be in place between 9 pm and 6 am from Thursday till April 16 morning. Government and semi-government officials and those involved in important services will be exempted.

Districts reporting over 100 cases in a day, or over 500 active cases, might see DMs closing secondary schools. Travelling in night time might also see curbs.

Yogi has instructed availability of PPE kits, pulse oximetres, infrared thermometers, sanitisers, antigen kits and important logistics.

All government, private and government aided colleges, educational institutions and coaching institutions are shut till April 15. Reportedly 30 doctors from King George Medical University (KGMU) in Lucknow tested positive.

Nearly half of these doctors were given their second dose of Covid vaccine in the end of March. KGMU Vice Chancellor Lt Gen Bipin Puri is among those who tested positive.

Since the beginning of the pandemic in Uttar Pradesh, last September was the worst month in terms of fresh positive cases reported, and October had the highest number of active cases.

Taking to the media earlier in the day, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said the work of surveillance is on.

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