As the surge in COVID-19 continues in Uttar Pradesh, the state administration has decided to extend the closure of schools for classes 1 to 8 till April 4.
An order was issued earlier that directed schools to be closed for students up to Class 8 till March 31 in wake of the rising cases. On Tuesday, a late-night meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath following which, it was decided to extend the order till April 4.
The chief minister has also ordered officials to increase the number of COVID-19 testing in the state.
Uttar Pradesh, till Tuesday night, recorded 918 new cases and 10 deaths due to the deadly virus.
Lucknow topped the list with 446 new cases in a day.
In another important move, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed all departments to provide a day`s leave to the employees going for vaccination.
He has asked officials to make similar arrangements in the private sector.
“The government employees going in for Covid-19 vaccination must be given a day`s off on their due date. Likewise, similar arrangements must be made for private-sector employees too,” the chief minister said in a statement.
Expressing concern over the decline in the number of Covid-19 tests conducted during the Holi break and the simultaneous surge in the number of cases, Yogi Adityanath directed officials to ensure that Covid containment plan is implemented in the true sense.
(With IANS inputs)
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