Ar­eas in which Tab­lighi Ja­maat mem­bers stayed are Lucknow’s ma­jor hotspots

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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.

HT/PTI

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.

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