Ghaziabad, April 7 -- Uttar Pradesh may not call off the 21-day lockdown on April 14 as a senior official in the state home department on Monday said that restrictions cannot be lifted till Sars-Cov-2 virus is wiped out from the state. Senior government officials said that the increasing number of positive Covid-19 cases remained a worrying factor.

The UP's additional chief secretary (home), Awanish Awasthi, said that before ending the lockdown they will have to ensure that there is "not a single Covid-19 positive case present" in the state.

According to officials, the total number of Covid-19 cases in the state stood at 305 till Monday evening, which include 159 cases related to the last month's Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Delhi's Ni...