Curbs on movement of people to combat coronavirus threat continue in Kashmir


Restrictions on movement and assembly of people to contain the spread of coronavirus continued in Kashmir for the 42nd consecutive day on Wednesday.

Police personnel stand guard at a roadblock during 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 declared containment or red zones across the valley have been sealed to ensure strict adherence to the standard operating procedure.

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.

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.

A Leading Lady

As of now, J&K has reported 565 cases, out of which 507 were in Kashmir and 58 in Jammu. Eight have died, while 176 recovered.

Till date, 68262 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which includes 6364 persons in-home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 255 in Hospital Quarantine, 381 in hospital isolation and 9082 under home surveillance. Besides, 52172 persons have completed their surveillance period.

The government said that out of 16619 test results available, 16054 samples have tested as negative till April 28.


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