Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court directed Monday the Uttar Pradesh government to impose a week-long lockdown in a few cities. They are Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur Nagar, Gorakhpur and Allahabad. The high court said that the lockdown must be implemented because of the record surge in coronavirus cases. A two-judge bench comprising justices Siddhartha Varma and Ajit Kumar passed the order. They were hearing a PIL on the condition of quarantine centres in Uttar Pradesh and treatment of coronavirus patients.
“We are of the considered view that in given scenario of present time if people are restrained from going outside their homes for a week in the first instance, the current chain of spread of COVID infection can be broken. This will also give some respite to the frontline medical and health workers.” the bench observed.
“Accordingly, we are passing the directions in respect of cities of Prayagraj (Allahabad), Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur Nagar and Gorakhpur and we direct the government to strictly enforce them forthwith,” the bench said.
“All establishments be it government or private, except financial institutions and financial departments, medical and health services, industrial and scientific establishments, essential services including municipal functions, and public transport, shall remain closed till 26th April, 2021. The judiciary will, however, function on its own discretion,” the bench added.
Uttar Pradesh has witnessed a spurt in coronavirus cases over the past few weeks. The government had taken multiple steps including night curfews to contain the outbreak.