July 13, 2020 | 2:42 PM IST

Covid-19: Delhi, UP sealed areas from midnight; 5700 infected in country

Delhi and Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday identified 20 and 15 Covid-19 hotspots respectively and sealed them from midnight.  The initiative has been taken to arrest the spread of deadly diseases.
Once the areas were sealed no person would be permitted inside these sealed localities or will be allowed to leave them. The government would ensure delivery of essential items for the residents.  
In Delhi, the decision was made at an emergency meeting held at the CM Arvind Kejriwal's residence, after the number of cases reached 576 on Wednesday and nine people were reported to have lost their lives. The meeting was attended by health minister Satyendra Jain and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. 
About 15,000 people living in the identified Covid-19 hotspot areas including Mayur Vihar, Preet Vihar, Vasundhara Enclave, Jahangirpuri, Dilshad Garden, etc., would be confined to their homes till April 15. 

In 15 Covid-19 hotspots include Lucknow, Bulandshahar, Agra, Ghaziabad, Sitapur, Saharanpur, Gautam Budh Nagar (Noida), Kanpur, Varanasi, Shamli, Meerut, Bareilly, Firozabad, Maharajganj, and Basti. Here, the orders came after the state’s pandemic count touched 369 cases with 29 fresh ones being reported in the last 24 hours and death toll rose to 4 on Wednesday.  
Also, in another desperate bid to combat the deadly disease, the Delhi, Maharashtra, Chandigarh and Uttar Pradesh states have declared that wearing face masks will be compulsory for people stepping out of their homes. 
 While the count of infected persons and fatalities is constantly rising, on Thursday morning the figure of infected persons across the country was reported to be 5734 with around 540 fresh cases being reported in the past 24 hours. The death toll due to the disease has touched 166 while 472 patients have been cured of the virus or discharged. 
Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state of the country with 1,135 cases with Tamil Nadu closely following at 738 and Delhi at 669, Telangana at 427 and Rajasthan at 381.

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