Coronavirus: No Prayers On Second Ramzan Friday


A complete lockdown is being observed in Kashmir for the 51st consecutive day on Friday to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

Usually crowded, the mosque area of the Dastgheer Sahab shrine had barely a lone worshiper. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

No congregational prayers were offered anywhere in J&K on the second Friday of the holy month of Ramzan.  This was the seventh consecutive Friday when no congregational prayers were offered due to outbreak of covid19.

Caretaker of Jamia masjid locking the gate of historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar during government imposed lockdown to contain the spread of Coronavirus on Friday. 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.

CRPF personnel stand guard at a roadblock 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

Educational institutions across Kashmir are closed, while all public places, including gymnasiums, parks, clubs and restaurants, were shut down more than a week before the nationwide lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Amid lock-down, a policeman offering prayers in a deserted park in Srinagar on the second Friday of Ramzan in Kashmir.KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Restrictions were first imposed in many parts of the valley on March 20 to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The measures were taken after a 67-year-old woman from the Khanyar area of the city, who had returned from Saudi Arabia on March 16 after performing Umrah, tested positive for COVID-19.

Only the people associated with essential services were allowed to move after checking their identity cards.

Some people offer prayers on the banks of Dal Lake on the second Friday of Ramzan during lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Srinagar Friday, May 8 2020.KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

As of now, J&K has reported 823 cases, out of which 755 were in Kashmir and 68 in Jammu. Nine have died, while 335 recovered. More than 84900 people have been kept under surveillance.

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