Coronavirus: Lockdown continues in Kashmir

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Srinagar

Restrictions on the movement of people were further tightened in view of Friday prayers in a bid to stop the spread of Coronavirus in Kashmir which has infected 1,018,536 people and killed 53,280 people across the world.

An aerial view of Srinagar on Friday during the lockdown that was put in place in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir two weeks back in order to contain the spread of Coronavirus.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. Most mosques and shrines were shut to avoid large gatherings for congregational prayers.

Srinagar sealed following restrictions imposed as a preventive measure to keep the Coronavirus at bay. The garble in the photograph indicates the tension in Kashmir mind. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

The lockdown began on Thursday, 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.

CRPF personnel stand guard at a roadblock following restrictions imposed as a preventive measure to keep the Coronavirus at bay. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

Officials said that police booked several people for defying the prohibitory orders across Jammu and Kashmir.

Most of the mosques and shrines across the valley were closed on the appeal of the administration to avoid large gatherings for congregational prayers on Friday, said the reports.

Dastgeer Sahib Shrine was closed and cops prevent the movement and assembly of people to contain the spread of coronavirus on Friday, April 3, 2020, in view of congregational prayers. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

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

As of now, J&K has reported 70 cases, of which two persons have died while two have recovered. As many as 53 cases have been reported in the Kashmir division while 17 cases were reported from Jammu.

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