Millennium Post (Kolkata)
Schools shut till May 15 as UP reports highest single-day spike in cases
State reported 104 deaths, 22,439 fresh Covid cases
LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday shut all schools till May 15 and postponed exams for board classes as the state reported its highest-single day spike in coronavirus cases since the outbreak of the pandemic last year.
The state on Thursday reported 104 deaths and 22,439 fresh cases, pushing the fatality count to 9,480 and the total infection number to 7,66,360.
According to a government statement, the government also imposed an 11-hour night curfew with immediate effect in 10 districts having more than 2,000 active COVID-19 cases.
The decisions were taken during an online meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from his residence, where he has isolated himself after testing positive for coronavirus. Adityanath directed officials to impose the night curfew from 8 pm to 7 am with immediate effect in the districts, including Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Kanpur, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Meerut and Gorakhpur.
The statement further said all schools in Uttar Pradesh will be closed till May 15 in view of the rising infection cases.
Board exams for Classes 10 and 12 have been postponed till May 20 and the new dates will be decided in the first week of next month, an official said.
Schools were earlier shut till April 30. Initially, the board exams were to be held from April 24 but were postponed to May 8. Every year, over 50 lakh students appear for Class 10 and 12 board exams.
Meanwhile, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad told reporters, "In the past 24 hours, 22,439 fresh cases were reported while 4,222 people were discharged."
Earlier in the day, an official had reported 114 deaths but later corrected the figure to 104.
This is the second day in a row when the state has reported a record daily increase in the COVID numbers. On Wednesday, 20,510 cases had surfaced in the state.