Coronavirus: Restrictions Tightened In Valley In View Of Friday Prayers


Curfew-like restrictions continued for the 23rd consecutive day on movement and assembly of people to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Kashmir on Friday.

Lal Chowk sealed to prevent movement and assembly of people to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Kashmir on Friday, April 10, 2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Restrictions on the movement and assembly of people in Kashmir to curb the spread of coronavirus were tightened on Friday in view of congregational prayers.

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, 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. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced national lockdown from midnight on March 24 for 21 days.

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

As of now, J&K has reported 188 cases, of which 178 are Active Positive, six have recovered and four have died.

According to the daily Media Bulletin on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), out of 184 positive cases, 152 are from Kashmir and 36 from Jammu division.

Furthermore, till date 43798 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance which include 8157 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 478 in Hospital Quarantine, 174 in hospital isolation and 25975 under home surveillance. Besides, 9010 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period.

The Bulletin said that till date test report of 2649 samples has been received out of which 2465 are negative, and 188 as positive.


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