With the COVID-19 positivity rate and the number of daily infections on a downward curve in Uttar Pradesh, the state government today announced that it has decided to end the night curfew from today. The night curfew hours in the state was between 10.00 pm to 6.00 am, which was relaxed by an hour from February 13.
“In view of a sharp drop in coronavirus cases, it has been decided to end the night curfew from today,” Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Awanish Awasthi said.
In the past 24 hours, 842 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported in Uttar Pradesh, taking the caseload in the state to 20,63,9041. The active cases have dropped sharply from around 15,000 a week ago to 8,683 today.
Covid cases have fallen across the country in the last few days rapidly. This morning, India registered a 14 per cent drop in daily cases as it reported 22,270 infections.
Daily COVID-19 cases in the country have remained below one lakh for 13 consecutive days now.
The 2,53,739 active cases comprise 0.59 per cent of the total infections. The national COVID-19 recovery rate has further improved to 98.21 per cent, the ministry said.
In the current wave, the Uttar Pradesh government had first announced night curfew – from 11 pm to 5 am – in December amid growing concern over the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant. In addition, restrictions were also announced on the number of people at marriages and social functions.
The announcement comes a day ahead of the third phase of polling in the state.
As many as 627 candidates are contesting in 59 assembly constituencies spread across 16 districts, in which over 2.15 crore people are eligible to vote.