Areas in which Tablighi Jamaat members stayed are Lucknow’s major hotspots
LUCKNOW: Eight major Covid-19 hotspots and four minor ones in Lucknow are on the list of areas that the state government has decided to shut down completely (seal) from Wednesday/Thursday midnight till April 15 morning to check the spread of the coronavirus, a senior police official said.
The eight major hotspots in the state capital included localities near eight mosques where Tablighi Jamaat members were found staying, the official added. Some of the Tablighi Jamaat members had tested Covid-19 positive.
He said three of the four minor hotspots included localities near the homes of those who had tested positive. Another minor hotspot near Munshipulia had a doctor’s clinic, where a man, who went on to test positive, was treated for some time.
Lucknow commissioner of police Sujeet Pandey said all hotspots were already barricaded and they were being sealed completely till the morning of April 15. He said all establishments will be closed in these hotspots and the media’s entry will be restricted there.
Police teams will carry out patrolling in these localities to ensure nobody ventures out of their homes and a complete lockdown is enforced properly, he said. The commissioner said only basic minimum supply will be maintained in these localities. Only select cleaning staff will be allowed to enter these areas.
Fire bridge vehicles will be used to sanitise these areas, he added. Drones will be used to keep extensive vigil on the hotspots. No one will be allowed to go out ‘without mask or without closing his mouth/nose’ in the entire Lucknow during the lockdown period, he said.
Policemen cracking down on a lockdown violator in Udaiganj and (right) a cop urging a shopkeeper to close his shop during the lockdown, in another area of Lucknow, on Wednesday.