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All COVID-19 hotspots in 15 districts to be sealed till April 15: UP government

Hotspots in 15 districts of Uttar Pradesh, including Agra, Lucknow, Noida & Varanasi will be sealed till April 15.

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Last Updated: Apr 10, 2020, 11.12 AM IST
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LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh government has announced sealing of affected areas or 'hotspots' in 15 districts across the state having a high case load - with 6 cases or more- of the Covid-19 virus in a bid to prevent community spread from taking place.

"All coronavirus hotspots in 15 districts will be completely sealed till April 15 morning. Only home delivery will be allowed. These are places where a number of cases have been found," said Shishir, Director, Information Shishir.

The decision was taken at a high level meeting chaired by the UP CM Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday morning.

The 15 districts include Gautambuddh Nagar (Noida), Ghaziabad, Meerut, Lucknow, Agra, Kanpur, Varanasi, Shamli, Saharanpur, Firozabad, Bulandhshahr, Bareilly, Basti, Maharajganj and Sitapur.

In a letter addressed to district heads of all the above districts, chief secretary RK Tiwari has said that in all the 'hotspots' identified in these districts, there will be 100% delivery of essential items and no shop, either grocery store or vegetable market will be opened so that social distancing is maintained at its fullest. No other person apart from health department officials and workers engaged in delivery of essential items will be allowed to step outside the house for which strict patrolling will take place.

A thorough scanning & sanitisation of houses will be carried out.

The secretary has also asked administration of these districts to review curfew passes that have been distributed and those not deemed necessary under the prevailing conditions should be revoked. For workers of different kinds including factory workers of essential goods , vehicle pooling will be arranged to take them to their respective workplaces.

"We have taken this decision as we observed a drop in the case load of areas where such a sealing was imposed. In Agra this had been implemented in an efficient way in some areas and the results were encouraging," additional chief secretary (home), Awanish Awasthi told ANI.

Uttar Pradesh currently has 343 reported positive cases across the state.

The Bhilwara model?
Such measures are already in place in Bhilwara in western Rajasthan state which has now become a test case for a more targeted fight against the disease.

Under the "Bhilwara model", adopted last month soon after about 30 people tested positive in the first big wave of infections, the town and its surrounding villages were tightly sealed with a virtual curfew in place.

People were not allowed even to step out of their homes to get essential stocks or medicines, instead they were asked to call helpline numbers for delivery of staples at their homes.

"It is a lockdown, within a lockdown," said district information officer Gouri Kant. So far, India has had 5,194 people infected with coronavirus of whom 149 have died, government data showed on Wednesday.
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