The curfew, which was earlier scheduled to end on 7am on Monday, has been extended (ANI photo)

LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday extended the partial corona curfew across the state till May 17, stretching the duration of restriction for the third time since the evening of April 29.
This way the restriction will, effectively, span over a period of straight 15 days.
Earlier, the state had extended the restrictions on May 2 (till May 6) and then on May 5 (till May 10).
The decision to extend the partial corona curfew by a week was taken at a high-level meeting presided over by CM Yogi Adityanath on Sunday morning.
Additional chief secretary (information) Navneet Sehgal said the decision to extend the “partial curfew” was taken to further arrest the spread of pandemic in the state.
The development comes almost a month after the Allahabad high court on April 13 directed the UP government to look into the viability of a complete lockdown in the districts where the Covid spread had increased alarmingly.
The bench comprising Justice Siddhartha Varma and Justice Ajit Kumar had noted that the night curfew was a very small step to check the Covid spread.
The court had directed the state government to ensure that there is no unnecessary public movement even during day timing. The HC had fixed the next date of hearing on April 19 but the state government moved the Supreme Court which stayed the HC order.
The state government had then maintained that it had already taken several steps to prevent the spread of infection.


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