Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered sealing of the State borders, including the one with Nepal, as a measure to restrict movement and curb the spread of novel Coronavirus. A senior State official said that the CM has instructed not to allow people to enter the UP without permission. UP shares a long and porous border with Nepal, which has reported a relatively small COVID outbreak.
Addressing the press, Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Home, Awanish Awasthi said, "The Chief Minister has given clear instructions to seal the border of the State. He has said that caution should be exercised on border areas and at the international border. No person from Nepal or any other state should enter the state without permission."
मुख्यमंत्री जी ने प्रदेश के बाॅर्डर को सील करने के स्पष्ट निर्देश दिए हैं। उन्होंने कहा है कि सीमावर्ती क्षेत्रों व अंतर्राष्ट्रीय बाॅर्डर पर सतर्कता बरती जाए। नेपाल या अन्य किसी भी राज्य से कोई भी व्यक्ति बिना अनुमति प्रदेश में न आए: ACS, गृह व सूचना, श्री @AwasthiAwanishK जी pic.twitter.com/NKdrNog8QV— Government of UP (@UPGovt) April 30, 2020
The move comes amid reports that people have crossed the UP border violating the lockdown's strict prohibitory orders. Uttar Pradesh has a large population of migrant workers in other States who are eager to return to their native town after losing their jobs in a coronavirus lockdown-shattered economy. However, the movement of essential services like that of food and dairy supply and medical and law enforcement will continue as per protocol, which requires necessary documentation and permits.
Earlier in the day, Yogi Adityanath asked officials to keep ready quarantine centres, shelter homes and community kitchens for about six lakh people expected to arrive in UP from other parts of India. Adityanath also appealed to those stranded in other states to be patient and not start walking towards their homes.
Uttar Pradesh is one of the latest to join the list of States reporting over 2,000 COVID-19 infection cases. As of April 30, UP has 2,203 coronavirus cases out of which 513 patients have recovered while 39 have died. Meanwhile in India, the number of confirmed cases stands at 33,610 with 8,373 recoveries and 1,075 deaths.