Coronavirus: Strict restrictions continue in Kashmir


Curfew-like restrictions continued for the 31st consecutive day on movement and assembly of people to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Kashmir on Sunday.

A deserted view of Lal Chowk area of Srinagar after restrictions were imposed on the movement of people in Kashmir as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of novel Coronavirus disease on Saturday, April 18, 2020. 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.

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 extended the lockdown till May 3.

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 333 cases, of which 286 are Active Positive, 42 have recovered and 05 have died.

Furthermore, till date 59205 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance which include 7631 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 281 in Hospital Isolation, 260 in hospital Quarantine and 27366 under home surveillance. Besides, 23662 persons have completed their surveillance period.

Moreover, 04 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and were discharged today from CD Hospital Jammu and one COVID-19 patient died today at SKIMS, Bemina.

The government spokesman said that out of 6438 test results available, 6110 samples have tested as negative till April 17, 2020.

Lal Chowk 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

Srinagar has 78 positive cases wherein 65 are Active Positive, 12 recovered and 01 has died, Bandipora 75 positive cases with 63 Active Positive, 11 recovered and  01 died, Baramulla 42 positive cases with 40 Active Positive, and 01 died; Kupwara has 27 positive cases and all are active cases; Shopian has 22 positive with 20 Active Positive, 02 recovered; Ganderbal has 14 positive cases and all are Active Positive, Budgam 12 positive cases of which 09 are Active Positive with 03 recovered cases; Kulgam has 05 cases and all are Active Positive; Pulwama 03 positive cases with 02 Active Positive, 01 recovered and Anantnag district has 01 positive case who is Active Positive.

Similarly, Jammu has 26 positive cases of whom 22 are Active Positive and 04 have recovered, Udhampur 20 positive cases of which 14 are Active Positive, 05 recovered and 01 died, while as Rajouri had 03 positive cases and all have recovered; Samba district has 04 positive cases and all are Active Positive. Meanwhile, Kishtwar  has only 01 positive case who has recovered.


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