88 zones in Srinagar, Banihal, Canal Head Jammu, other areas declared red zones
STATE TIMES NEWSSrinagar: Strict lockdown restrictions were reimposed in most parts of Kashmir, including in the Srinagar city, Banihal and Canal Head area in Jammu on Monday after a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases which totaled 314 during the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 10,827 in the Union Territory. Eight deaths have also been reported, all from the Valley, officials said. They said strict restrictions have been imposed in Srinagar and other parts of the valley and no movement of people, except for essential services and medical emergencies, was being allowed. The authorities sealed most of the roads and market places, including the business hub of Lal Chowk here, and sought cooperation of the public to make the lockdown a success. In Srinagar, the district administration has identified 88 containment zones across the city and strict restrictions on public movement and activities were imposed after a sharp spike in COVID-19 cases, they said. The administration has drawn maps of each of these containment zones and they have been sealed as per these maps with only one entry/exit point kept open, the officials said. They said each of the containment zones has been sealed at 300-500 meters from spots where COVID-19 cases have been detected and entries and exits of all these areas were being manned to ensure strict enforcement of restrictions on movement into and out of them. The district administration is exploring possibilities of installing surveillance cameras at entries and exits of these areas to ensure there are no violations, they said, adding that their connection with the central control room established at the Deputy Commissioner office once installed is also being explored with an aim to ensure effective enforcement of containment plan through its monitoring at more than one level. The administration has issued orders for cancelling of all leaves of government officials in the district and are calling them for duties. The fine for not wearing mask in public has been increased to Rs 1,000 and Rs 10,000 for those violating social distancing norms in the containment zones, they said. The officials said the decision to reimpose restrictions in the valley was taken after recommendations of experts and is aimed at containing further spread of the disease. District Magistrate Jammu, Sushma Chauhan, vide powers conferred upon her under section 144 of CrPC read with relevant provisions under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and the Disaster Management Act, 2005, declared Ward No. 6, Canal Head, Simbal Morh Panchayat Makhanpur Gujjaran, R.S. Pura, Police Station Miran Sahib of district Jammu, as containment /red zone and imposed strict lockdown and tight perimeter control in the aforesaid areas, except for essential needs. Accordingly, the SOPs issued by the State Executive Committee vide its order number 38-JK-DMRRR of 2020 dated 14-4-2020 shall apply to the above specified areas. A private nursing home here was sealed for sanitisation on Monday after a pregnant woman admitted to the facility tested positive for COVID-19, officials said. All medical staff and patients of the nursing home located in the Tallab Tillo area of the city are being tested for the disease as a precautionary measure, the officials said. They said priority would be given to those who were in direct contact with the COVID-positive patient. The building is being sanitised, and random sampling will be done before the nursing home is opened to the public again, the officials added. Meanwhile, Arnia police station in the outskirts of Jammu was closed for visitors after an officer posted there tested positive for COVID-19, an official said. This is the second police station in Jammu district to be declared “out of bounds” following detection of COVID cases.
Authorities also announced re-imposition of restrictions in Banihal town along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway to tackle growing cases of coronavirus.
Ramban District Magistrate Nazim Zai Khan said the restrictions are being re-imposed in the interest of the safety and well-being of the public at large.
“With the post lockdown opening of Tehsil Banihal it has been noticed that there has been a considerable increase in the number of COVID-19 positive cases and a potential threat of spread of infection through public transport, markets and social gatherings,” Khan said in his order.
The order said all the shops and business establishments except medical shops, vehicle workshops and works allowed through passes issued by the district magistrate under the territorial jurisdiction of the tehsil would remain closed till further orders.
According to the order, there will be complete restriction on public transport in the tehsil.
However, ambulances, travellers with valid passes and vehicles plying on the national highway with essential commodities to and fro Srinagar are exempted from the ban.
Police were also directed to facilitate the movement of vehicles engaged by the district disaster management authority Ramban for COVID-19 management or transportation of travellers after completion of quarantine period, the order said.
The Banihal sub-divisional magistrate has been directed to ensure deployment of magistrates at all prominent places within territorial jurisdiction of the tehsil, while duty magistrates have been asked to ensure adherence to SOPs regarding universal usage of face masks and social distancing.
The committee constituted for sampling was asked to ensure sampling of vulnerable, immunocompromised people and service providers in all red zones.
Meanwhile, according to an official spokesperson, 314 new positive cases of novel Corona virus, 89 from Jammu division and 225 from Kashmir division, were reported during the past 24 hours, taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 10,827. Also eight COVID-19 deaths have been reported from Kashmir Division.
According to the daily Media Bulletin, out of 10,827 positive cases, 4,545 are Active Positive, 6,095 have recovered and 187 have died; 17 in Jammu division and 1,70 in Kashmir division.
The Bulletin further said that out of 4,59,703 test results available, 4,48,876 samples have been tested as negative till July 13, 2020.
Additionally, till date 3,15,386 travelers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which included 38,643 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 25 in Hospital Quarantine, 4,545 in hospital isolation and 45093 under home surveillance. Besides, 2,26,893 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Bandipora has 385 positive cases (including 20 cases reported today) with 93 Active Positive, 289 recovered (including three cases reported today) and three deaths; Srinagar has 1806 positive cases (including 101 cases reported today) with 1236 Active Positive, 524 recovered (including five cases reported today), 46 deaths; Anantnag district has 802 positive cases (including 14 cases reported today), with 191 Active Positive, 597 recovered, 14 deaths; Baramulla has 1326 positive cases (including six cases reported today) with 746 Active Positive, 545 recovered (including one case recovered today), 35 deaths; Shopian has 918 positive cases (including 16 cases reported today) with 205 Active Positive, 697 recovered (including 23 cases recovered today) and 16 deaths; Kupwara has 802 positive cases (including 30 cases reported today) with 318 Active Positive, 473 recovered and 11 deaths; Budgam has 572 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today) with 238 Active Positive and 320 recovered cases and 14 deaths; Ganderbal has 201 positive cases with 107 active positive cases and 90 recoveries (including two cases recovered today) and four deaths; Kulgam has 1021 positive cases (including 21 cases reported today), with 333 Active Positive and 668 recoveries (including nine cases recovered today) and 20 deaths and Pulwama reported 662 positive cases (including six cases reported today) with 289 active positive cases and 366 recovered (including 23 cases recovered today) and seven deaths.
Similarly, Jammu has 513 positive cases (including 25 cases reported today) with 165 active positive cases and 338 recoveries (including nine cases recovered today) and 10 deaths; Udhampur has 303 positive cases (including one case reported today) with 29 active positive cases, 273 recovered (including 26 cases recovered today) and one death; Samba has 268 positive cases (including 24 cases reported today) with 129 Active Positive and 138 recoveries (including one case recovered today) and one death; Rajouri has 275 positive cases with 185 active positive cases and 89 recovered and one death; Kathua has 316 positive cases (including 16 cases reported today) with 91 Active positive and 224 recovered (including 13 recovery today) and one death; Kishtwar has 50 positive cases (including four cases reported today) with 25 active positive cases and 25 recovered; Ramban has 270 positive cases (including nine cases reported today) with 61 active positive and 209 recoveries (including three cases recovered today); Reasi has 57 positive cases with 18 active positive and 39 recovered; Poonch has 146 positive cases (including four cases reported today) with 24 active positive and 121 recoveries and one death while Doda has 134 positive cases (including six cases reported today) with 62 active positive cases and 70 recoveries (including one case recovered today) and two deaths.
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