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09 avr. 2020 | 00h54 UTC

India: Multiple districts in Uttar Pradesh to be on lockdown until April 15 /update 18

India Alerte de sécurité

Authorities introduce a lockdown in 15 districts of Uttar Pradesh state until at least April 15; abide by government orders

TIMEFRAME expected from 27/3/2020, 12h00 until 30/4/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION Uttar Pradesh

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Authorities announced on Wednesday, April 8, that 15 districts of Uttar Pradesh state, which are believed to be hotspots of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, will be under a lockdown until at least Wednesday, April 15. During this period, food and medicine supplies will be delivered, as shops and markets have been ordered to close. All residents of the districts under lockdown will be asked to remain at home at all times, except for health department officials and those involved in the making or delivery of essential supplies. The following districts will be under lockdown: Sitapur, Maharajganj, Basti, Bareilly, Bulandhshahr, Firozabad, Saharanpur, Shamli, Varanasi, Kanpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Ghaziabad, and Gautambuddh Nagar (Noida).

A 21-day nationwide lock down that came into effect on March 24 remains in place. During the lockdown, only essential services will remain operational. All shops, offices, markets, and places of worship are closed and interstate bus and metro service is suspended. A ban on international commercial passenger flights is also ongoing until at least 23:59 (local time) Tuesday, April 14. The Indian Directorate-General of Civil Aviation also confirmed on Thursday, March 26, that cargo operations and flights with prior approval will be exempt from the restrictions.

As of April 8, 5916 cases of COVID-19 and 178 associated fatalities have been confirmed in the country. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus. Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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