STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: With surge in COVID-19 continuing, Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday reported 357 new positive cases and ten deaths, taking the overall tally to 10,513 and fatalities to 179 respectively. Of the new cases, 295 were detected in the Valley while 62 cases are from the Jammu region. “Out of ten deaths in the past 24 hours, nine were reported from the Valley and one from Jammu”, officials said. A 58-year-old man tested positive for coronavirus after his death at a hospital here, taking the total fatalities to 17, officials said on Sunday. The critically ill patient, hailing from Simbal Morh, was admitted in the Government Medical College (GMC) hospital here on Friday and died the next day, the officials said.
Lal Chowk, 87 Srinagar areas sealedSrinagar: Authorities in Kashmir began strict implementation of another phase of the lockdown on Sunday, sealing off historic Lal Chowk and several other areas in Srinagar which have been declared containment zones after a sudden surge in COVID-19 positive cases over the past one week. The Srinagar district administration sealed off Ghanta Ghar at Lal Chowk in an apparent bid to convey its seriousness to the masses about the strict implementation of the second phase of the lockdown. “We were hoping that people will take necessary preventive and precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19 but that has not happened,” an official said. Maisuma, Natipora, and Eidgah were among several areas in Srinagar which were sealed after being declared as containment zones. The decision to reimpose the lockdown in the city was taken at a meeting late Saturday evening, the officials said. District Magistrate, Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary directed for sealing off all these 88 red zones with strict enforcement of restrictions on public movement and activities of all sorts. Under these orders all these areas are being sealed off at all but one entries and exits. The concerned authorities have been directed to disallow all kinds of movement and activities in these areas. No one will be allowed to move in or out of these areas after this evening. Latest guidelines as notified for management of red zones will be followed in these areas with all respective teams of management and enforcement authorised and equipped with all requisites to implement them in letter and spirit. The administration has drawn maps of each of these red zones and sealing thereof will done as per these maps. Each red zone will be sealed at 300-500 meters from spots where COVID-19 positive cases have been detected therein. Entries and exits of all these areas will be manned to ensure strict enforcement of restrictions on movement into and out of them. Rosters of enforcement officials have been prepared for each of these containment zones and their entries and exists. Strict instructions have been issued for disallowing movement with the essential services officials to be allowed in these areas on production of movement passes the DM’s office has issued them. To ensure there are no violations the district administration is exploring possibilities of installing surveillance cameras at entries and exits of red zone areas. Their connection with the central control room established at the DC Office once installed is also being explored – the aim being to ensure effective enforcement of containment plan through its monitoring at more than one level. Meanwhile medical teams are also being deputed in each of the areas. Concerned block and zonal medical officers have constituted teams for each area falling within their respective jurisdictions. Contact tracing and testing of positive cases will make a chief part of the role the health department officials have been assigned in these containment zones. The latter will be done in consultation with designated magistrates to ensure smooth and effective execution. The Chief Medical Officer Dr Jehangir Bakshi will be supervising efforts in this regard having been made responsible for overall management of health-related aspects of this containment plan. ICDS officials will also form part of these teams wherever required. The administration has also drawn a sanitisation roster as part of this comprehensive containment plan it has prepared to contain further spread of COVID-19 in the district. The Srinagar Municipal Corporation will coordinate with the Health department to execute sanitisation of these areas as and when required. The 25 zonal committees set up earlier during the COVID-19 lockdown have been reactivated and the concerned zonal officers have taken charge of duties as assigned to them as part of the containment plan. The new containment plan includes added roles and responsibilities and all these committees and officers stand briefed and equipped to handle them as required. The Srinagar administration has also deputed a large of magistrates to reinforce the enforcement plan that it has devised as part of this containment plan. Officers and officials requisitioned earlier under the disaster management act have also been recalled with the concerned departments asked to relieve them forthwith. Meanwhile the departments concerned have been put on high alert with directions to alert their respective staff and make them available for containment duties if and when required. Orders have been issued for cancelling of all leaves government officials in the district have availed and recalling them all for duties. The DM has also issued orders for strictest punishments under the disaster management act and other relevant provisions of the law to those violating preventive guidelines the government has issued for containment of COVID-19. He has directed for substantial fines in addition to other strict legal punishments to violators – those not wearing face masks or observing social distancing in particular. The fine for face mask violations has been enhanced to 1000 rupees whereas the violation of social distancing guidelines in red zones will be fined at 10000 rupees. There will be other punishments too. Dr Shahid said the number of COVID-19 positive cases and red zones has seen a sharp spike in recent weeks in Kashmir division adding that violations of face mask and social distancing among other preventive guidelines is believed to be a main reason for this rise in infected cases. He said imposing restrictions has become indispensable in view of this fact which has started to burden the healthcare infrastructure in the capital district where patients from are all over the division are received for treatment adding that the aim is to prevent further spread of the disease. Speaking during his visit to various red zones where he inspected measures being put in place ahead of restrictions as ordered there he said restrictions in notified red zones are being imposed as part of a comprehensive plan which includes as a major part tracing and testing of contacts to assess the spread of COVID-19 in these areas and ensure timely treatment of those affected and containment of further spread thereof. The restrictions will remain in force until further orders. The restrictions from these areas or others which might be added in future will be removed as soon as their de-notification as containment zones upon receipt of no fresh positive cases after a specified period of time. Meanwhile after improvement in their scenario and no reporting of fresh positive cases therein the Srinagar district administration has de-notified at least 24 areas of the district earlier notified as red zones.
They said the deceased was suffering from lung disease and his test for coronavirus came positive several hours after his death. His body was cremated in accordance with the set protocol in the presence of his family members this morning. His death raised the COVID-19 related fatalities in the Jammu region to 17. He is the 10th person to die of the infection in Jammu district, while the rest of the seven deaths have taken place in Doda (two) and Udhampur, Kathua, Rajouri, Poonch and Samba (one each). The Jammu region has recorded a total of 2,181 COVID-19 cases till Saturday evening. While 1,468 patients have recovered, 697 are still undergoing treatment at various facilities in different districts. Meanwhile, the Janipur police station in Jammu was closed for public on Sunday after an Assistant Sub-inspector (ASI) was tested positive for COVID-19. As per a notice at the entrance gate of the police station, the building has been turned into a quarantine centre following detection of the COVID-19 case. A police official said the police station has been kept out of bounds for the public for the time being as all the policemen posted there are being tested for coronavirus as a precautionary measure. In another related development, the officials said district magistrate, Jammu, Sushma Chauhan had declared four localities as containment zones after fresh coronavirus cases were reported from these areas. According to the daily Media Bulletin, out of 10,513 positive cases, 4,355 are Active Positive, 5,979 have recovered and 179 have died; 17 in Jammu division and 162 in Kashmir division. The Bulletin further said that out of 4,52,455 test results available, 4,41,942 samples have been tested as negative till July 12, 2020. Additionally, till date 3,13,152 travelers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which included 37,867 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 31 in Hospital Quarantine, 4,355 in hospital isolation and 45,354 under home surveillance. Besides, 2,25,366 persons have completed their surveillance period. Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Bandipora has 365 positive cases (including 29 cases reported today) with 73 Active Positive, 289 recovered and three deaths; Srinagar has 1708 positive cases (including 97 cases reported today) with 1145 Active Positive, 519 recovered (including 25 cases reported today), 44 deaths; Anantnag district has 788 positive cases (including seven cases reported today), with 177 Active Positive, 597 recovered (including five cases recovered today), 14 deaths; Baramulla has 1319 positive cases (including 31 cases reported today) with 742 Active Positive, 544 recovered (including 31 cases recovered today), 33 deaths; Shopian has 901 positive cases (including 13 case reported today) with 211 Active Positive, 674 recovered and 16 deaths; Kupwara has 771 positive cases (including 25 cases reported today) with 288 Active Positive, 473 recovered and 10 deaths; Budgam has 561 positive cases (including 29 cases reported today) with 228 Active Positive and 320 recovered cases (including 13 cases recovered today) and 13 deaths; Ganderbal has 201 positive cases (including 40 cases reported today) with 109 active positive cases and 88 recoveries (including two cases recovered today) and four deaths; Kulgam has 1,000 positive cases (including 13 cases reported today), with 321 Active Positive and 659 recoveries (including three cases recovered today) and 20 deaths and Pulwama reported 656 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today) with 308 active positive cases and 343 recovered and five deaths. Similarly, Jammu has 488 positive cases (including 15 cases reported today) with 149 active positive cases and 329 recoveries and 10 deaths; Udhampur has 302 positive cases (including one case reported today) with 54 active positive cases, 247 recovered and one death; Samba has 244 positive cases (including 20 cases reported today) with 106 Active Positive and 137 recoveries and one death; Rajouri has 275 positive cases (including six cases reported today) with 185 active positive cases and 89 recovered (including one case recovered today) and one death; Kathua has 300 positive cases (including eight cases reported today) with 88 Active positive and 211 recovered (including one recovery today) and one death; Kishtwar has 46 positive cases (including one case reported today) with 21 active positive cases and 25 recovered; Ramban has 261 positive cases (including seven cases reported today) with 55 active positive and 206 recoveries; Reasi has 57 positive cases with 18 active positive and 39 recovered; Poonch has 142 positive cases with 20 active positive and 121 recoveries (including two cases recovered today) and one death while Doda has 128 positive cases (including four cases reported today) with 57 active positive cases and 69 recoveries (including one case recovered today) and two deaths. According to the bulletin, of the total 10,513 positive cases in J&K 2,869 have been reported as travelers while 7,644 as others.
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