COVID-19 hotspots in Ghaziabad sealed till April 30 (Representational Image) (Photo Credit: Pixabay.com)
To combat the further spread of the novel coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh, CM Yogi Adityanath-led state government on Wednesday decided to seal all COVID-19 hotspots in as many as 15 districts. The 15 districts of Uttar Pradesh which will be completely closed are Lucknow, Agra, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar (Noida), Kanpur, Varanasi, Shamli, Meerut, Bareilly, Bulandshahar, Firozabad, Maharajganj, Sitapur, Saharanpur, and Basti.
Specifically, in Ghaziabad (located in National Capital Region), the government has identified 13 COVID-19 hotspots that have been completely sealed. The areas will be closed till Apri 15, 2020.
It is worth mentioning here that all grocery and vegetables shops, petrol pumps, banks and ATMs will remain closed in the hotspot areas.
Briefing media about the decision to seal the COVID-19 hotspots in 15 districts, chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh RK Tiwari said, "Only home delivery and medical teams will be allowed in these districts. It's being done to prevent community spread, as numbers are high."
It is to be noted that in identified hotspots in Agra are 22, 13 in Ghaziabad, 12 each in Gautam Buddha Nagar (Noida) and Kanpur, 4 in Varanasi, 3 in Shamli, and 7 in Meerut. 3 COVID-19 hotspots were identified in Bulandshahr, Basti and Ferozabad each. While 1 each in Bareilly and Sitapur, 4 each in Saharanpur and Maharajganj districts. In Lucknow, the authorities have identified 12 coronavirus hotspots.