People resort to panic buying, UP government appeals for calm, assures essentials items

People in Uttar Pradesh started panic buying essential items when they heard the 'rumours' of complete curfew in 15 districts in the state till April 30. The rumours arose when the Yogi Adityanath government on Wednesday (April 8, 2020) announced to completely seal the coronavirus COVID-19 hotspots in 15 districts of the state till the end of this month. The 15 districts include -- Agra, Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budha Nagar, Kanpur, Varanasi, Shamli, Meerut, Bareilly, Bulandshahr, Basti, Firozabad, Saharanpur, Maharajganj, and Sitapur.

Zee Media Bureau | Apr 08, 2020, 20:02 PM IST

People in Uttar Pradesh started panic buying essential items when they heard the 'rumours' of complete curfew in 15 districts in the state till April 30.

The rumours arose when the Yogi Adityanath government on Wednesday (April 8, 2020) announced to completely seal the coronavirus COVID-19 hotspots in 15 districts of the state till the end of this month. The 15 districts include -- Agra, Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budha Nagar, Kanpur, Varanasi, Shamli, Meerut, Bareilly, Bulandshahr, Basti, Firozabad, Saharanpur, Maharajganj, and Sitapur.

The DMs of Gautam Buddha Nagar and Ghaziabad have already advised people to avoid panic buying as only the identified hot spots shall be sealed and home delivery of essential commodities and services shall be available at all places in the district.

Over 130 crore Indians have been under complete lockdown since March 24, 2020. The number of coronavirus confirmed cases in India has climbed to 5,274 and around 149 people have succumbed to the fatal virus.

 

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Man in Lucknow takes home essential items

Man in Lucknow takes home essential items

A man is seen stocking up vegetables as the 'fake news' of Uttar Pradesh's 15 districts being completely sealed was circulated among the residents. The actual news was that only the 'COVID-19 hot spots' will be sealed in those 15 districts, not the whole district. This was later confirmed by the DMs and Police officials of those districts who clarified that there won't be any 'overall curfew' in the district and the essential items will be 'delivered to the homes' of those being 'sealed in the hot spots.'  

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Noida Mamura village

Noida Mamura village

Residents of Noida's Mamura village stocking up their vegetables after they came across the news of UP districts being sealed till April 30.

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Panic buying in Noida

Panic buying in Noida

People can be seen panic buying in the picture in front of the grocery shops. This was a result of the 'rumours' where the people were misguided that 15 UP districts will be completely sealed due to the coronavirus pandemic.   

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People in Noida line up in front of an ATM

People in Noida line up in front of an ATM

The Noida residents lined-up at several ATMs to take out their money to save themselves from facing problems amid the coronavirus sealing in UP.

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People buying fruits in Noida sector 34

People buying fruits in Noida sector 34

Noida residents panicked when they heard about the news of sealing of hotspots in UP. They decided to buy fruits and other household items to save themselves from getting into trouble till April 30. 

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People in Noida sector 34

\People in Noida sector 34

People in Noida sector rushed to grocery shops to stock up their essential household items.

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People line up to buy medicines

People line up to buy medicines

People line-up in front of a medical store to buy medicines after the over-all curfew rumours came up.

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Line in front of ATM

Line in front of ATM

People line-up keeping 'social distancing' in mind in front of an ATM.

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People at shop

People at shop

People gathered at a grocery shop to buy essential items.

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People at the petrol pumps in Lucknow

People at the petrol pumps in Lucknow

People in Lucknow rushed to the petrol pumps soon after the 'rumours' of complete curfew in 15 districts of Uttar Pradesh.

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