The government of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday extended the partial coronavirus curfew until 7 a.m. on May 24. Previously, the government had decided to extend the duration of the curfew until 7 a.m. on May 17.
A decision was made at a virtual cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
In accordance with the restrictions currently in place, all stores are closed in the containment areas. Shopping malls, markets, and restaurants (with the exception of home delivery) are also closed statewide.
Outside of containment areas, essential stores such as medical stores, milk, vegetable and grocery stores are allowed to remain open.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the state government will provide 3 kg of wheat and 2 kg of rice free of charge to holders of the “antipyodaya” and the ration card for three months. This will benefit the state nearly 15 crores.
He said day laborers in urban areas would receive 1,000 rupees for a month. This will benefit about a crore of people. The provision of food for the needy should be done using community kitchens.
Uttar Pradesh recorded 281 new COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, bringing the death toll to 17,283, while the number of infections climbed to 160,9,140 with 12,547 more cases, according to official data.