Coronavirus: Lockdown continues in Kashmir

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Srinagar

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

A deserted Lal chowk during the government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus Srinagar on April 7, 2020. 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 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.

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 of now, J&K has reported 109 cases, of which two persons have died while four have recovered. As many as 88 cases have been reported in the Kashmir division while 21 cases were reported from Jammu.

According to the daily Media Bulletin on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), out of 109 positive cases, 103 are Active Positive, 04 have recovered and 02 have died. Regarding their location, 85 cases are from Kashmir and 18 from Jammu division.

Furthermore, till date 35243 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance which includes 10556 persons in-home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 615 in Hospital Quarantine, 103 in hospital isolation and 17506 under home surveillance. Besides, 6463 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period.

The Bulletin said that till date 1708 samples have been sent for testing of which 1583 have tested as negative, and 16 reports are awaited till April 06, 2020.

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