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New Delhi : The Uttar  Pradesh government  on Saturday extended  the COVID-19-induced  curfew imposed in the  state. The coronavirus  curfew, which is going to  end on May 24, has been  extended till 7 am on May  31. The UP government,  while announcing the  extension said, that  the decision has been  taken to stem the further  growth of the coronavirus  infection in the state. The  government also asserted  that the restrictions have  given positive results and  have helped in reducing  the COVID-19 infection in  Uttar Pradesh. 

“The Uttar Pradesh  government is committed  to safeguarding the life  and livelihood of people of  the state. Keeping this in  mind, the policy of partial  coronavirus curfew was  adopted. In this regard, a  decision has been taken  to extend the partial  coronavirus curfew in  the state till 7 am on May  31”, the statement said,  adding that the measure  gave positive results. The  government order further  stated that Coronavirus  vaccination drive,  industrial activities and  other essential services  and the activities already  p[ermitted in the previous  order will continue during  the period from May 24 to  7 am on May 31. 

As per the guidelines  released by the state  government, all public,  social, political and  educational gatherings  will remain prohibited  in the state. All weekly  markets, shopping  malls, religious places,  restaurants and eateries  will also stay shut till  May 31. However,  government and private  offices can operate with  50 per cent of their staff.  E-commerce, other  industrial activities will  also remain permitted.  Meanwhile, active  COVID-19 cases in  Uttar Pradesh have also  dropped below 1 lakh  on Saturday and settled  at 94,482. The infection  tally in the state mounted  to 16,65,176 with 6,046  fresh cases, while 226  more fatalities pushed  the death toll to 18,978. 

In the past 24 hours,  17,540 COVID-19  patients have recovered  from the disease, taking  the total number of  cured persons in the  state to 15,51,716.  Additional Chief Secretary  (health) Amit Mohan  Prasad told reporters that  the recovery percentage  of the state is over 93  per cent. The number of  active COVID-19 cases  in the state stands at  94,482. On April 30,  there were over 3.10  lakh active cases in UP,  Kumar said.