Mathura introduces strict COVID-19 curbs, 14-day quarantine for symptomatic visitors
The Mathura district administration, on Friday, introduced some curbs in the wake of rising coronavirus cases, saying people coming from other states would have to undergo screening for COVID-19. "While people with symptoms would be kept in quarantine for 14 days, asymptomatic ones would have to undergo home quarantine for a week," District Magistrate Navneet Singh Chahal said.
Garland offerings and distribution of Prasadam banned in temples
Chahal said, "A detailed record of such people irrespective of their places of quarantine would be maintained with their signatures." "For community surveillance, Gram Nigrani Samiti and Mohalla Nigrani Samiti are being activated," he said. According to officials, temple authorities have been asked to adhere to COVID-19 norms strictly with a complete ban on garland offerings and distribution of Prasadam.
Parikrama has been banned in Dwarkadhish and Radha Damodar temple
"While Parikrama in Dwarkadhish temple, Mathura, and Radha Damodar temple, Vrindavan, has been completely banned, the entry of senior citizens and children has also been restrained in Radha Damodar temple," officials added.
Temple timings reduced; restriction on opening of temple portals
"The temple timings in Mathura's Dwarkadhish temple has been reduced with a restriction on the opening of portals of the temple," Raksh Tewari, the media in charge of the temple said. "As against four times in each shift (forenoon and afternoon shift), now the portals would open only twice in each shift," he further added.
Amid COVID-19 surge, night curfew imposed in Mathura
Timings of Radha Damodar temple Vrindaban have also been curtailed to 3.5 hours (8:00 am to 11:30 am) in the morning and two hours (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm) in the evening shift. Meanwhile, in view of the COVID-19 surge, the Mathura district administration had imposed a night curfew from 9 pm to 6 am every day.
UP recorded highest single-day spike on Friday
Meanwhile, UP's daily COVID-19 cases surged to a record high of 27,426 on Friday, taking the state's cumulative tally to 7,93,720, an official said. The death count climbed to 9,583 with 103 more fatalities. This is the third consecutive day when UP has reported a record rise in cases. A total of 22,439 fresh COVID-19 cases were recorded on Thursday and 20,510 on Wednesday.