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Mehul Choksi at Dominica Quarantine Facility; Test negative for COVID-19

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Mehul Choksi tests negative for COVID-19

Fugitive diamond trader Mehul Choksi, who was taken to the government quarantine facility in Dominica, has tested negative for COVID-19. He is now housed in a private room at Imre Wade, Dominica China Friendship Hospital, amidst heavy police security. According to media reports, Choksi is allowed to visit only by his lawyers.

In discussions with his lawyers, Choksi claimed that he was kidnapped by Indians and people from Antigua in Jolly’s Bay in Antigua and taken on a boat to an undisclosed location.

He said that he was beaten in the process.

On Saturday, Choksi’s photographs released by the Antigua Newsroom showed him behind bars and with injuries on his hands and a swollen and left eye injury.

These were the first public photos of the vigil, which allegedly went missing on Sunday (May 23) evening. He was later arrested by the Dominica Police on Wednesday and was in his custody ever since.

As per the court order, he was medically examined at the Dominica China Friendship Hospital and also had to undergo a COVID-19 test.

The court will hear his case on Wednesday 3 June 2021.

The court has also ordered that it remain in Dominica until the court says otherwise. New Delhi: Even the Uttar Pradesh government relaxed the lockout restrictions in various districts of the state on Sunday (May 30, 2021), allowing some activities from June 1, along with Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar- Along with 18 other districts will remain under the current curfew as they will continue. To report a greater number of coronavirus infections daily.

Schools, colleges, coaching centers as well as educational institutions such as markets will remain closed in these districts.

Even though restaurants, cafes, eateries and food courts have been directed to remain closed, home delivery will be allowed in these areas.

List of 20 districts of UP where restrictions will continue:

Meerut
Lucknow
Gautam Buddha Nagar
Ghaziabad
Varanasi
Saharanpur
Gorakhpur
Muzaffarnagar
Bareilly
Bulandshahr
Jhansi
Prayagraj
Lakhimpur
Sonbhadra
Jaunpur
Baghpat
Moradabad
Ghazipur
Bijnor
Devaria
Officials also revealed that even though other 55 districts in the state are easing the ban, which reported fewer than 600 COVID-19 cases, the night and weekend curfew will remain in force. The night curfew will start from eight o’clock at night till five o’clock in the morning.

Uttar Pradesh officials also said that entry into the protected monuments of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will remain closed till June 15.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh on Sunday registered 1,908 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest one-day number in the last two months. There are 41, 214 active cases in the state.

“We have the lowest mortality, lowest positivity and highest recovery rate in the country,” Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said in a press conference on Sunday.