STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu on Wednesday appealed to the people of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir to observe the 21-day lockdown earnestly to break the transmission chain and contribute in the fight against the spread of deadly COVID-19. In a recorded message, the Lt Governor observed that the UT Administration has taken various steps for containing the virus, like stopping Inter-State Bus service, setting up of isolation ward for the patients and their treatment, imposing Section 144 of CrPC, besides taking various precautionary measures for the people coming from outside, for their screening and establishing quarantine centres. “Prime Minister has sought cooperation of the people during the 21-day All India lockdown. The people of J&K must also follow the lockdown to overcome this deadly virus, which has the capability to spread exponentially”, he added. He appealed to the public to stay at home and be cautious. Essential services and supplies would be available and elaborate arrangements have been made for that. Healthcare is the priority of the Administration at this crucial time and every possible step would be taken to ensure the safety and good health of the people of J&K, he maintained. The Lt Governor said that the advance ration for two months-April and May would be issued to all eligible consumers. Besides, one month’s ration for Mid-Day Meals would also be given in advance to all parents of eligible children. Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners have been asked to ensure the availability of essential commodities and funds have been allocated for the same, he added. He further appealed to the people not to venture out unless it is absolutely necessary. People should observe ‘Social Distancing’, as it is the key to stop and prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Lt Governor urged the people to share their travel history for their own safety and the safety of others. He expressed his gratitude to health workers, medical staff, officials of essential services, Police and CAPF personnel who are associated with Corona prevention efforts and are continuously working, without worrying about their own well-being to save precious lives. The Lt Governor urged the people of J&K to adhere to the advisories issued by the Government and follow the lockdown by staying at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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