Srinagar, May 1 (UNI) The Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday extended the 84-hour-long COVID curfew in four districts — including Srinagar, Baramulla, Budgam and Jammu – till May 6 amid unabated rise in the number of fresh Coronavirus cases and deaths. The 84-hour-long curfew that commenced on Thursday evening was to end on Monday morning in J&K, which on recorded 47 deaths and 3832 fresh COVID-19 cases on Saturday. However, essential services were exempted from the lockdown.
The extension in the lockdown in these districts has come in the backdrop of unabated rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Kashmir, particularly the summer capital, Srinagar, which has recorded the major chunk of positive cases during the last about a fortnight. Srinagar alone, out of 3832 new COVID-19 cases in J&K, reported 1058 cases on Saturday, while Baramulla recorded 303 cases followed by Jammu with 504 cases and Budgam with 282 cases.
As many as 3832 new positive cases of novel Coronavirus, including 1231 from Jammu division and 2601 from Kashmir division, were reported on Saturday, when forty seven people, including 17 from Kashmir and 30 from Jammu, lost their lives to the virus.
“The Corona Curfew ending at 0700 hrs on Monday stands extended till 0700 hrs on May 6, 2021 in four districts of Srinagar, Baramulla, Budgam and Jammu,” an official said.
He said the Corona curfew at night shall continue in all Municipal / urban local body limits of all 20 districts of Jammu and Kashmir. “Night curfew will be in force from 2000 hrs to 0700 hrs the next day,” he said.
He said restrictions on assemble of more than five people under section 144 CrPc and other guidelines, including rotational system of opening of shops and public transport plying with only 50 per cent occupancy, will continue in the remaining 16 districts, where curfew will be lifted on Monday morning.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday ordered a complete lockdown for 84 hours in 11 districts of the Union Territory from 1900 hrs on Thursday to 0700 hrs on Monday. The lockdown was later extended to all 20 districts of the UT.
Last week, the J&K administration had announced a 34-hour curfew from 2000 hours on Saturday till 0600 hours on Sunday in the Union Territory.
The Divisional Administration Kashmir has started tele–Psychiatric and Psychological services to dispel off stress, fear, and anxiety among the people during the ongoing pandemic.
On April 8, night curfew was imposed in the urban areas of eight districts, including Jammu and Srinagar, though it was later extended to all 20 districts of the Union Territory in view of unabated rise in COVID-19 cases.
The administration also ordered the closure of all universities, colleges, schools, and coaching centres in the Union Territory till May 15 though teaching and non-teaching staff was asked to attend schools and colleges.
But, earlier this week, the J&K administration allowed teaching and non-teaching staff to stay home in view of a surge in COVID-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir.
Teachers, however, were conducting online classes from home in the valley though many students alleged that they were unable to attend these classes due to non-availability of smart phones. The decision to allow teachers to taken online classes from their respective homes was taken after many teaching and non teaching staff members of government schools testing positive for the virus in the Union Territory.