Even as the Union Health Ministry has classified only four districts as red zones in Kashmir division, authorities in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday declared entire Valley as red zone.
According to Government Order No. 48 — JK (DMRRR) of 2020, a detailed review was conducted on the basis of an overall assessment of the situation pertaining to the spread of COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir.
The trend in new cases as well as the possibility of an imminent spread/ spike in new cases in view of the expected movement of stranded persons to Jammu and Kashmir in the next two weeks, and the risk perception of the Health department vis-a-vis each district, it reads
“Now, therefore, in the exercise of the powers conferred under Section 24 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the undersigned, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the State Executive Committee, hereby orders that the classification of districts into Red, Orange and Green categories for Jammu 8 Kashmir will be as under,” it said.
“This categorization of districts into Red, Orange and Green will be followed for the purposes of implementation of permitted activities in the respective districts, as per a separate order, to be issued by the State Executive Committee (SEC),” it added.
“This classification of districts will be reviewed periodically and any further modifications will be made by the Government of Jammu & Kashmir keeping in view any further developments or instructions from MoHFW/ MHA, Govt. of India,” reads the order.