STATE TIMES NEWSSrinagar: Jammu and Kashmir recorded 1,249 fresh coronavirus cases and 20 deaths due to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the infection tally to 67,510 and the death toll to 1,062, officials said on Wednesday.The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir recorded 1,249 fresh cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours — with 646 in Jammu and 603 in the Kashmir Valley,” they said.The single-day spike in COVID-19 cases in the UT has been crossing the 1,000-mark for the last 21 days.The cumulative figure of COVID-19 positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir has now risen to 67,510, officials said.Jammu district reported the highest number of 230 fresh cases, followed by 199 cases in Srinagar district, they said.There are 19,918 active cases in the UT, while 46,530 people have recovered.Of the latest 20 fatalities, 16 deaths were reported in Jammu and four in the Valley, they added.Meanwhile, in view of situation emerging due to spike in Covid-19 cases, District Magistrate Jammu, Sushma Chauhan has declared various localities of the District as containment and Red zones.As per an order, Muthi Gaon, near Matador Stand and Purkhoo Camp, North falling under Police Station Domana, Rajpura and Lane No. 06, near Government School New Plot falling under Police Station Bakshi Nagar, Ram Vihar Ward No. 35, Janipur falling under Police Station Janipur, Rajiv Nagar, Narwal falling under Police Station Trikuta Nagar, Near KC Hyundai, Channi Rama falling under Police Station Trikuta Nagar/Channi, Ward No. 40, Poonch House, Talab Tillo falling under Police Station Nawabad, Ward No. 09, R.S. Pura (Chohala Mohalla) falling under Police Station, R.S. Pura and Nai Basti, Gajansoo Marh falling under Police Station Kanna Chak have been declared as Containment/Red zones.According to order, these areas shall be under strict lock down and tight perimeter control, except for essential needs. There shall be no movement, whatsoever, in and out of the containment zones. All business establishments, except medical shops shall remain closed in the containment /red zone. However, for any medical emergency, individuals can contact the 24X7 Control Room at 0191-2571616, 0191-2571912 and necessary facilitation shall be done.As per the order, it shall be mandatory for the persons residing in designated containment zones to get themselves tested and any refusal in this regard shall invite action including filing of FIR under relevant provisions of Disaster Management Act. Magistrate and SHO concerned of the area shall ensure that 100% sampling and testing is done.Any violation of this order shall invite punitive action under section 188 of Indian Penal Code and other relevant sections of Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and the Disaster Management Act 2005.
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