No masks, no provisions is the dictum of the district administration in Balrampur, Uttar Pradesh to ensure that people cover their faces while stepping out of their homes.

As part of the measures to contain the spread of coronavirus, the Balrampur administration has directed shopkeepers in the district not to serve customers who turn up without wearing a mask.

Superintendent of police Devranjan Verma on Tuesday said, "Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, social distancing is being strictly implemented in the district. Medical stores, grocery stores, petrol pumps, gas agencies and seed stores have been directed, if people turn up without wearing a face mask, then they should not be given any item."

Violation of this order will invite stringent action against the shopkeeper.

The SP added that 11 persons were arrested in various parts of the city for not wearing masks.

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"The hands of the arrested people were sanitised, and they were made to wear masks. An awareness campaign is being run in the district in this regard," he said.

A total of 12 new cases of the novel coronavirus have come to light in Uttar Pradesh in the last 24 hours, revealed King George's Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow daily health report on Tuesday.

As per KGMU, a total of 565 samples were collected on Monday, out of which 12 samples were found to be coronavirus positive.

According to the health ministry, a total of 558 cases of coronavirus have come to light in Uttar Pradesh. Out the total, 49 people have been cured and five have died.