Coronavirus: Lockdown continues in Kashmir

Srinagar

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

A deserted view of Lal Chowk area of Srinagar after restrictions were imposed on the movement of people in several areas as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of novel Coronavirus disease on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. KL Image: 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 Thursday, 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.

A total of four persons have tested positive in the Kashmir so far and three persons have tested positive in Jammu.

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

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.

The Government on Tuesday informed that 4765 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance and, so far, only six cases have tested positive in Jammu and Kashmir and one among them has already recovered.

According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) 2928 persons have been kept under home quarantine while as 71 are in hospital quarantine.

Persons who are under home surveillance stand at 1268 while as 498 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period.

The Bulletin further said that 279 samples have been sent for testing of which 253 tested as negative. Only six persons have tested positive so far and of them, only five are Active Positive and one patient has recovered.

The bulletin further stated that 20 reports are awaited till March 24, 2020.

Now spread to 196 countries across the world, the latest death toll is put at around 17500. Italy has doubled its toll in comparison to China where from the virus was first reported. The deaths were reported from India and seven from Pakistan. More than 12000 people are in a critical state right now across the world.

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