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UP govt announces weekend lockdown; minister dies of COVID-19

Only essential services will be allowed during the weekend lockdown

hanuman prasad mishra Hanuman Prasad Mishra | Twitter handle of ANI

Hanuman Prasad Mishra, a minister in the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, died of COVID-19 in a hospital on Tuesday.

Hanuman Mishra, a minister of state, died at the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow.

ABP News reported Hanuman Mishra had been suffering from cancer and had got infected with COVID-19 recently.

Last year, two other ministers of the Yogi Adityanath government—Kamal Rani Varun and Chetan Chauhan—had died of COVID-19 complications.

The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday announced a weekend lockdown would be imposed from 8pm on Friday to 7am on Monday. “Only essential services will be allowed. Night curfew will remain imposed in all districts,” Awanish K Awasthi, additional chief secretary of the home department, was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

Uttar Pradesh's tally of COVID-19 cases has reached nearly 8.8 lakh and 10,000 fatalities, given surges of over 25,000 cases in recent days. Uttar Pradesh on Monday registered the highest single-day rise in COVID-19 deaths with the disease claiming 167 more lives, while 28,287 fresh cases pushed infection tally to 8,79,831.

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