Now, hooters to warn UP traders to shut shop before Covid-19 night curfew

"Police should issue a warning ahead of time through hooters, so that the shops are closed by 10 pm," Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said while issuing directives to senior officials in a high-level Covid-19 review meeting.


Stepping up precautionary measures against a probable third wave, the Uttar Pradesh government has issued instructions to make people strictly abide by the rules of nighttime Covid curfew that comes into force at 10 pm.

“UP has been maintaining control over the Covid situation fairly well and in view of rising cases in other states, we must not let our guard down. Everyone must follow Covid-19 appropriate behaviour, ensure the usage of masks and social distancing. The police should issue a warning ahead of time through hooters so that the shops are closed by 10 pm. People should not roam on the streets unnecessarily,” asserted Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath while issuing directives to senior officials in a high-level Covid-19 review meeting on Thursday.

With high testing, a high recovery rate, low test positivity rate and the maximum number of vaccinations, Uttar Pradesh’s Covid-19 condition shows a healthier picture in comparison to most other states.

After a devastating second wave, the state’s Covid-19 response has now successfully brought down transmission levels — fresh daily Covid-19 cases have remained below the 100-mark for nearly two months; in the past 24 hours, 19 new cases were reported in the country’s most populous state. So far, more than 16,86,056 people have recovered from Covid in UP.

Under the ‘Trace-Test-Treat’ strategy, as many as 2,16,629 Covid-19 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, of which nearly 1.20 lakh were RT-PCR examinations.

Following an aggressive testing regime, Uttar Pradesh also became the only state to breach the 70 million Covid-19 tests frontier; so far, the state has tested 7,12,89,637 samples for the novel coronavirus infection.

The positivity rate has also been registering a steady decline for several days. The Covid test positivity rate (TPR) stands at 0.01 per cent, in contrast to states like Kerala where a spike in cases has resulted in a positivity rate of 19.03 per cent.

UP’s recovery rate now stands at 98.6 per cent, the highest in the country. A better recovery rate is indicative of milder cases in the state and lower fatalities.

The active caseload in Uttar Pradesh has significantly declined to 342 cases from a high of over 3,10,783 cases in the span of a few months. Whereas, states like Kerala and Maharashtra account for a heavy active caseload of 1,70,313 and 50,183 respectively.


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