COVID lockdown extended in Bandipora

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 7/31/2020 8:45:03 PM

Restrictions to continue in Pulwama for next 1 week

SRINAGAR, July 30: Amid spurt in the number of COVID cases, the district administration Pulwama has decided to continue with the restrictions to prevent the virus from spreading.
“In view of continuous spurt of COVID positive cases and resultant deaths; restrictions shall continue till the morning of August 6 in the district. However, essential services and supplies shall continue to operate,” the officials told media.
“Situation in Pulwama is quite alarming as double-digit surfacing of cases on a daily basis has put the health authorities on alert. Out of total 1395 cases, 651 cases are active positive besides the death toll rising to 19,” they said.
Accordingly, to safeguard lives, they said public health and in order to break the chain of infection, district administration has directed to restrict social gatherings and congregations.
Already for the ease of public, they said the relaxations were granted by the Administration for regulated and roaster wise opening of shops for three days ending on July 30.
Accordingly, all the residents have been appealed to cooperate and strictly abide by the social distancing norms and SOPs. “Universal usage of face masks is most important to break the transmission chain,” they said.
Meanwhile, the district administration Bandipora on Thursday extended the lockdown for further 72 hours to prevent the deadly virus from spreading.
The lockdown in the district was re-imposed on July 23 following the spurt in the number of COVID cases.
However, the administration in an order stated that “during past two weeks more than 5000 persons were sampled, out of which more than 295 persons were found positive for Covid-19, including more than 50 service providers (bakers, grocery shopkeepers, butchers etc). Moreover, 10 persons have also died during these last two weeks due to Corona Virus. Furthermore, a trend has also been observed depicting an unusual increase in symptomatic cases as well as random samples tuning positive.”
“Off and on relaxations were given for opening of markets with various stipulations and COVID-19 precautions. However, it has been observed that cooperation from general public as well as shopkeepers, as regards to compliance of COVID-19 precautions viz. use of masks, social distancing norms etc, has not been found satisfactory,” the order added.
“In view of review undertaken with respect to the overall situation arising out due to COVID-19, sampling status of service providers and active Containment Zones and analysis of cases reported across the District today an 30.07.2020, it has been found imperative to initiate the necessary steps to prevent further spread of the infection,” it added
The Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Owais Ahmad, who is also Chairperson, District Disaster Management Authority ordered that all the shops, service providers except chemist shops essential supplies shall remain closed across the district town and rural areas for 72 hours with effect July 31
“There shall be complete restriction on movement of public transport including buses, mini-buses, Sumos, auto rickshaws. There shall be restriction on gathering of four or more than four people in the District,” he said.

 

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