COVID-19 lockdown hits normal life in Kashmir
JK records 3,832 fresh cases, 47 deaths
Srinagar: Normal life remained affected in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday with the imposition of the lockdown in the wake of an alarming surge in coronavirus cases, even as the ‘Corona Curfew’ was extended in four districts, officials said. Meanwhile, the UR reported the highest single day spike in cases and fatalities as 3,832 fresh cases, 47 deaths were recorded during the day.
“Lockdown remained in force in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday as restrictions on the movement and assembly of people continued to remain imposed across the UT,” the officials said.
They said security forces put barricades on roads at many places in the city here as well as in other district headquarters of the valley and the Jammu region to prevent the movement of people.
However, essential and emergency services were allowed, they added.
The officials said shops, fuel stations and other business establishments were shut across the UT.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration had imposed lockdown in 11 districts — Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramulla, Budgam, Kulgam, Pulwama, Ganderbal, Jammu, Kathua, Reasi and Udhampur — at 7 pm on Thursday.
In the rest of the nine districts — Bandipora, Kupwara, Shopian, Rajouri, Poonch, Samba, Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban — the lockdown came into effect at 7 pm on Friday.
During the last 24 hours, police have arrested 40 people, lodged 26 FIRs and also realised fine worth Rs 51,270 from 335 people for violating the guidelines/rules throughout the Kashmir valley, the officials said.
Also, 11 vehicles and four two-wheelers were seized for violating the restrictions, they said.
Meanwhile, the government on Saturday announced extension of the lockdown in four districts Jammu and three others in the valley till Thursday morning, the officials said.
They said the ‘Corona Curfew’, which was to end at 7 am on Monday, stands extended till 7 am on Thursday in the four districts of Srinagar, Baramulla, Budgam and Jammu.
Corona Curfew ending at 7 am on Monday, 3rd May, 2021 stands extended till 7 am on Thursday, 6th May, 2021 in four Districts of Jammu & Kashmir- Srinagar, Baramulla, Budgam, and Jammu.
The decision was taken during a high-level meeting chaired by Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha in which he passed specific directions for effectively controlling the spread of the Corona virus in the UT and providing best care to the patients.
The Lt Governor is closely monitoring the Covid scenario in J&K and is taking regular review meetings with the concerned departments in order to assess the situation across the UT.
After analyzing the district-wise situation, the meeting decided to extend Corona Curfew for three more days in the above mentioned four districts. A re-assessment of the situation will be taken before 6th May for laying down further action plan. Instructions were issued to the concerned officers for continuing micro-containment zoning as per requirement.
The Corona curfew at night shall continue in all Municipal / Urban Local Body limits of all 20 districts of Jammu and Kashmir, including the above four districts. Night curfew will be in force from 8 pm to 7 am. Other restrictions when curfew is not there will continue as before.
Emphasizing on optimal availability of oxygen supply, the Lt Governor directed for conducting Oxygen Audit in every hospital of the UT. He also directed the Health department to lay special focus on the judicious usage of oxygen. The Lt Governor further directed for increasing beds with oxygen cylinders, besides effective operationalization of 108 Ambulance service to cater to the needs of the patients.
During the meeting, the Lt Governor sought feedback from concerned Administrative Heads, Divisional Commissioners, Health and Police Departments regarding the evolving situation and also invited their suggestions for strengthening the pandemic control system component against the spread of Covid-19.
Underlining the importance of maintaining synergy between the departments for speedy decision on planning, coordination, and logistics, the Lt Governor constituted a five-member Crisis Management Group, comprising of Chief Secretary; Financial Commissioners – Finance, and Health & Medical Education; Home Secretary and Principal Secretary to the Government, Public Works (R&B) Department.
On vaccination, the Lt Governor asked the concerned officers to ensure that vaccination drive is not hampered during the lockdown period, and advised them to take comprehensive measures, besides reaching out to targeted age groups through mobile vaccination.
The meeting also decided to have separate locations for different age groups for vaccination.
Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday recorded its biggest single-day of 3,832 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the infection tally to 1,79,915, while a record 47 fatalities in the last 24 hours raised the pandemic toll to 2,330, officials said.
Of the fresh cases, 1,231 were from the Jammu division and 2,601 from the Kashmir division, they said.
Regarding the deaths, they said, 30 were from Jammu Division and 17 from Kashmir Valley, taking the fatality count to 2330.
Providing the district wise details, the official told that Srinagar reported 1084 cases, Baramulla 309, Budgam 291, Pulwama 70, Kupwara 122, Anantnag 286, Bandipora 77, Ganderbal 94, Kulgam 221, Shopian 47, Jammu 504, Udhampur 141, Rajouri 96, Doda 42, Kathua 120, Samba 137, Kishtwar 15, Poonch 64, Ramban 60 and Reasi 52.
A number of these cases were confirmed at diagnostic laboratories of SKIMS Soura and GMC Anantnag, they said.