LUCKNOW, March 26 -- In order to check the coronavirus, the state government will increase surveillance in the tier II and III cities as well as the rural pockets where gram pradhans will have to report villagers who have returned from abroad.

"Cases from Pilibhit, Jaunpur and Kanpur have got our attention as the two cities (Pilibhit and Jaunpur) have big rural pockets while Kanpur is a densely populated city and we do not want the numbers to go up from the one case reported till now," said Dr Vikasendu Agrawal, state surveillance officer in the health department.

The state government has contacted 10,000 gram pradhans, asking them whether they have any villager who has returned from abroad. A list of such names, even if the person has co...