Coronavirus: Lockdown continues in Kashmir


A complete lockdown is being observed in Kashmir for the 30th consecutive day on Friday to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

CRPF stands guard at a Jammia masjid during a lockdown in Srinagar Friday, April 17, 2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

The congregational prayers were not held at most mosques of the valley as various religious organizations and government appealed the people to offer prayers at home.

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.

While the Prime Minister extended the country-wide lockdown till May 3 as part of its efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The total number of positive cases in the union territory has risen to 317. Five patients have died in Jammu and Kashmir and 36 have recovered.


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