Restrictions intensified as Kashmir records 4 more cases, first death due to COVID-19

Restrictions intensified as Kashmir records 4 more cases, first death due to COVID-19

Srinagar: Restrictions, on Thursday, were further intensified on movement and assembly of people following death of a 65-year-old man due to Coronavirus and positive test results of four others in Kashmir valley, where life remained crippled for the eighth successive day in view of lockdown.

A 65-year-old man, a resident of Hyderpora in Srinagar, was the first person to die due to Coronavirus on Thursday in Kashmir. Four more people were tested positive on Wednesday in the valley, taking the total number of infected persons to seven.

District Magistrate Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, this morning, ordered imposition of very strict restrictions in Srinagar in the wake of the surfacing of more coronavirus positive cases. The Srinagar administration had on Wednesday warned that actual cases in community could probably be more than those tested positive for Coronavirus and urged people to remain indoors.

Official sources told UNI that strict restrictions on movement and assembly of people continued for the eighth successive day across Kashmir valley, where train service remained suspended till March 31.

Shops and business establishments remained closed while streets were deserted as locals and traffic were off the roads in the valley, where despite wet weather police vehicles fitted with public address system were directing people since early this morning to remain indoors in view of imposition of restrictions under 144 CrPc, barring assembly of more than three people.

Police was even using drones in some areas in Srinagar round the clock to announce restrictions on the movement of people as part of the 21-day lockdown to combat coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, acting tough against violators of government order, many shops, hotels and educational institutes were sealed while about 90 persons were arrested by the police from Srinagar, Sopore, Handwara, Ganderbal and Anantnag in the valley since Tuesday.

All educations institutes, including schools, colleges and universities, remained closed in the valley, where train services and public transport were suspended till March 31.

The J&K UT administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal on Wednesday said that all government offices except those providing essential services have been closed till April 14.

The administration had, on Sunday, announced a complete lockdown till March 31 across the Union Territory as part of its efforts to prevent spread of Coronavirus. However, people associated with 16 essential services, including healthcare, groceries, fruit, milk, petrol, banks and media have been exempted from lockdown.