Coronavirus: Strict restrictions continue in Kashmir


Curfew-like restrictions continued for the 36th consecutive day on movement and assembly of people to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Kashmir on Thursday.

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

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 407 cases, of which  310  are Active Positive, 92 have recovered and 05 have died.

Furthermore, till date 64089 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which include 5806 persons in-home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 252 in Hospital Quarantine, 310 in hospital isolation and 15376 under home surveillance. Besides, 42340 persons have completed their surveillance period.

The Bulletin further said that out of 10039 test results available, 9632 samples have tested as negative till April 22, 2020.


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