UP Extends Lockdown Till 4 May, Crematoriums Piled Up With Bodies

The situation continues to be grim in the state, as the official death toll now stands at 11,943.

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The situation continues to be grim in the state, as the official death toll now stands at 11,943. Image used for representation. 
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Uttar Pradesh announced a full lockdown starting from the evening on 30 April till 7 am on 4 May, as the total number of cases in the state stand above 3 lakh.

All private and public offices will be shut for these four days, as on Wednesday, 28 April. The state recorded the highest single-day rise in its COVID-19 death toll with 266 more dying from COVID-19.

The situation continues to be grim in the state, as the official death toll in the state now stands at 11,943.

The Indian Express reported that crematoriums in Kanpur are unable to keep up with the number of bodies. Bhairav Ghat crematorium in the city, has been receiving “around 70 bodies a day for the last 7-10 days,” the report said.

While another report on India Today said that Lucknow’s Baikunth Dham crematorium, which had received bodies of 60 people who died of COVID-19 is not accepting any person dying of natural causes currently.

Although Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath has claimed that there is no shortage of oxygen in the state, ground reports show a different reality.

Around eight coronavirus patients died at Paras Hospital in Agra due to a shortage of medical oxygen, according to a report on India Today.

As the state battles big spikes in cases, it received its biggest consignment of oxygen yet – about 600 tonnes – on Tuesday, 27 April, according to the state government.

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