Uttar Pradesh Lockdown: CM Yogi Adityanath directs officials to enhance COVID-19 testing capacity to one lakh tests per day by Monday

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Updated: Jul 25, 2020 5:57 PM

UP Lockdown Latest News Today: Uttar Pradesh government has relaxed liquor shop opening rules during the weekend lockdown in the state.

Uttar Pradesh coronavirus lockdownUttar Pradesh coronavirus lockdown news: Liquor shops to open on weekends. (Representative image by Reuters)

UP Lockdown Latest News: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday directed officials to enhance COVID-19 testing capacity to one lakh tests per day by Monday, PTI reported.

Earlier, Uttar Pradesh government relaxed liquor shop opening rules during the weekend lockdown in the state. The Government of Uttar Pradesh decided that liquor shops, outside containment zones, will remain open during the lockdown on Saturdays and Sundays in the state, news agency PTI reported.

Uttar Pradesh reported 2,529 new COVID19 positive cases in the last 24 hours. Total active cases in the state now stand at 21,003. A total of 35,803 people have been discharged after recovering from the disease. The death toll is at 1,298, as per health ministry.

The Uttar Pradesh government has sent the order to keep liquor shops open during the weekend curfews to all divisional commissioners, district magistrates and superintendents of police.

In a government order issued in Lucknow on Thursday, Additional Chief Secretary of Excise Department, Sanjay R Bhoosreddy, said, “All the liquor shops in the state, which are located outside the containment zones, have been exempted from the lockdown, which is imposed in the state every week from Friday 10.00 pm to Monday 5.00 am.”

According to the order of the state government, shops selling country-made liquor, foreign liquor, beer and ‘bhaang’ and model shops can remain open daily from 10 am to 9 pm.

For opening liquor shops beyond or for less duration than this time limit, permission has to be obtained from the relevant district magistrates.

In order to halt the spread of COVID-19 spread, Uttar Pradesh government has been observing lockdown on weekends this month. Uttar Pradesh had tested 16.54 lakh samples for coronavirus infection of which 54,897 were examined on Wednesday.

UP is setting up static booths in every district, where people can get themselves tested if they have any symptoms of COVID-19. Over 55,000 COVID-19 helpdesks have been established in the state, according to Additional Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) Amit Mohan Prasad.

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