Delhi-Noida Border Sealed Till Further Notice Amid Coronavirus Spread

by Tonakshi Kalra
Delhi-Noida Border Sealed Till Further Notice Amid Coronavirus Spread

To prevent the coronavirus spread, the Noida-Delhi border has been sealed till further notice. This decision is taken to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Noida. Only people involved in essential services, vehicles carrying essential goods and ambulances have been exempted from the sealing order.

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What Is It

The Gautam Buddha Nagar District Administration on Tuesday decided to seal the Delhi-Noida border as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of COVID-19. The announcement came hours after Ghaziabad closed its border with Delhi.

The order was issued because the health department found that many who have tested positive for coronavirus in Noida have had a connection with Delhi, where the number of Covid-19 cases hasx topped 2,000.

However, the sealing came with some exceptions as certain services will be allowed to continue travelling.

Delhi Crosses 2,000 Mark

While Delhi is the second worst-hit state with over 2,000 coronavirus positive cases, Gautam Buddha Nagar, under which Noida falls, is one of the worst-hit districts with nearly 100 cases.

The District Magistrate of Gautam Buddha Nagar, Suhas LY, on Tuesday tweeted, “Dear residents, as per the medical department advice, in the larger public interest, as a preventive measure to fight COVID-19, we are closing Delhi-GB Nagar/Noida border completely, with following specified exceptions. You are kindly requested to cooperate.”

He attached a copy of the order stating the reasons for sealing the border along with the exceptions. It said the report by medical authorities clearly mentions that people travelling between GB Nagar and Delhi are vulnerable to COVID-19. “Thus the border of GB Nagar with Delhi is sealed until further notice,” it said.

The order added that only essential services and health workers who would carry valid pass issued by the authorities will be allowed by the police at the border. It’s mandatory to carry the e-passes.

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Exempted From This Ban

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People who are exempted from this seal are:

  • Officials/workers who are directly involved in the fight against the pandemic. Such officials will have to get passes issued from the UP or the Delhi government
  • Small/large transport vehicles carrying essential items
  • Ambulance services
  • Under Secretaries in the central government who have identity cards issued by the Home Ministry
  • Media persons who have been issued a pass by the government
  • Doctors who are enrolled for emergency services in Gautam Budha Nagar

The number of positive cases in Noida and Greater Noida has crossed 100 and the number of hotspots has been increased to 28. The count of active cases in UP state stands at 1,154 as of now.