Coronavirus: Curbs continues in Kashmir for third day

Srinagar

Restrictions continued for the third consecutive day on Saturday in Kashmir to limit the movement of people in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus which has infected more than two lakh people and killed over 11,000 across the world.

Khanyar locality has been sealed and cops prevent any movement into the locality or out of it. This photograph taken on March 19, 2020, a day day after a lady detected positive for the frightening viral disease. KL Image Bilal Bahadur

The curbs were imposed after a 67-year-old woman from Khanyar area of Srinagar, who had returned on March 16 from Saudi Arabia after performing Umrah, tested positive for covid-19.

Reports said that shops, petrol pumps and other business establishments were shut in most parts of the valley, while public transport was also off from the roads.

Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed and roads have been blocked with barricades across the valley, said the reports.

They said that only the vehicles carrying people from essential service departments particularly health facilities were allowed.

According to deputy commissioner Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, the restrictions on movement across Srinagar are aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus.

The DM has appealed to the general public to cooperate with the administration and ensure strict adherence to the order. He said violation of the order would constitute a criminal offence and attract strict penal action.

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