Coronavirus: Lockdown continues in Kashmir


A complete lockdown is being observed in Kashmir for the fourteenth consecutive day on Wednesday to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

Kashmir was put under virtual lockdown from March 19 as authorities to contain the spread of coronavirus in the valley, a day after a woman with travel history to Saudi Arabia tested positive for the disease. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

The markets across all districts of Kashmir valley remained closed and roads also remained blocked with concertina wires and manned by the police.

The lockdown began on n March 19, a day after the first case tested positive in Srinagar. Only the people associated with essential services were allowed to move after checking their identity cards.

Educational institutions across Kashmir have already been closed, while all public places including gymnasiums, parks, clubs and restaurants have been shut down.

Restrictions were imposed in all district of the J&K on the assembly of four or more persons under Section 144 s a preventive measure to keep the Coronavirus at bay. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

On Tuesday Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a national lockdown from midnight on March 24 for 21 days.

“From 12 midnight, the whole country will go on lockdown. To save India, to save all citizens of India, to save you and your family, there will be a total ban on stepping out of home,” he had said.

As now Jammu and Kashmir have 55 active cases – a total of 43 persons have tested positive in the Kashmir so far and 12 persons have tested positive in Jammu.

Kashmir has already lost two elderly citizens to the Coronavirus and two – including one from Jammu, on way to recovery.

A deserted view of Lal Chowk Srinagar after strict curfew-like restrictions on the movement and assembly of people to stop the spread on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Jammu has 12 cases including six in Jammu city, three each in Udhampur and Rajouri. In Ladakh, that is a separate UT, there are 10 active cases.


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