The ACJ Wrap: Covid-19 in Uttar Pradesh

Covid-19 Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh recorded 340 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday.

The state of Uttar Pradesh on March 1, 2022, during the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

By Sushmita Dey

Amid rising coronavirus cases across the state, Uttar Pradesh recorded 340 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, according to the data released by the state health department. The total number of active cases has now reached 3,954 in the state, and more than 609 patients have been recovered. 

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to open all schools from February 14, because of the decline in the number of cases across the state. Initially, the government had decided to reopen classes till 9, however, in the later order in the Mint report, the government has also allowed all educational institutes to open from the nursery. 

The schools will have to strictly follow the covid-19 guidelines on the premises.

Looking at the official data in the last week in the Times of India report, Lucknow is the only district with more than 500 active cases, with the exact count being 1,137.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday made a veiled reference to how during the Covid surge the indigenous Covaid-19 vaccine was referred to as the “Modi and BJP” vaccine and how it made numerous attempts to “mislead the masses and incite the poor” against the Covid vaccine. 

“The successful vaccination is proof of a powerful, self-reliant India but, that’s what these dynasts don’t want and that is why it is imperative that they are defeated in each assembly constituency,” Modi added.

Following the covid protocols, earlier the Election Commission banned the public rallies in all poll-bound states and political parties have been reaching out to the public with their election awareness programmes in virtual mode. 

However, most parties have invested a lot in ‘video vans’ – organised with large LED screens, which are moved around and stationed at public places to reach out to voters.

Interestingly, after taking a review of the Covid-19 situation in Uttar Pradesh, the Election Commission further relaxed the restrictions on campaigning and public rallies with 50% capacity of space subject to State Disaster Management Policy (SDMA) regulations. 

All other existing provisions related to electioneering shall continue to operate according to The Indian Express.

The Uttar Pradesh government lifted the night curfew on February 19 in view of declining Covid-19 cases within the state.