Varanasi: The Jaunpur district was locked down after a positive case of CVID-19 was detected. The lockdown order was issued on Monday evening.
The sample of a 30-year-old youth, who had returned from Saudi Arabia recently, was sent for testing to the Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VRDL), Department of Microbiology, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University.
After confirmation of COVID-19 positive case, Jaunpur district magistrate Dinesh Kumar Singh asked the SP to seal the borders of the district with deployment of adequate force.
Meanwhile in Varanasi, 33 persons were booked in 11 cases, while 20 persons were arrested under 34 Police Act and 16 persons were arrested under 151 CrPC on Monday for the violation of lockdown. As many as 1518 vehicles were challaned and 264 vehicles were seized.
On the first day of the lockdown several persons were seen violating the prohibitory orders. Taking a serious note of it the district magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma said that stern action would be against those who try to put lives of others in danger. The two-wheelers and four-wheelers, which should have been used in emergency, were misused by a number of people.
The DM said that more stringent action would be taken against the violators of the lockdown. All shops except medicine and milk would be closed by noon. The period of lockdown may be extended after March 25 if the people continue to violate it.
The areas are being identified where people are frequently moving outdoors. The identified areas may be locked down completely for 14 days. Besides, some buildings and workshops have also been identified, which can also be locked down for 14 days. Even some religious heads have not come forward to convince their communities to stay indoors during lockdown period.
On the line of election duty, the zonal and sector magistrates have been deputed for round the clock vigil in three shifts. A call centre (0542-2508585) has been opened at the collectorate to solve the problems.