Amid spike in cases, authorities announce more restrictions to control infection
A day after recording the highest 2,456 new positive Corona cases in a single day in the past eight months, the government of Jammu and Kashmir has ordered a complete restriction of non-essential movements during weekends in the entire J&K.
The decision to impose weekend restrictions was taken at the State Executive Committee (SEC) meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, which was held on Friday evening.
It was decided this night curfew from 9 p.m. at 6 a.m. will continue to remain in effect in all districts with the complete restriction of non-essential movement.
The decision was taken after a detailed review of the COVID situation prevailing in the Union Territory during the meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary.
The ACS (Finance), ACS (Health and Medical Education), Principal Secretary (House), Principal Secretary (PWD-R&B), ADGs/IGs, Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of police and other officers from Jammu and Kashmir were present at the meeting.
Additional borders announced to control infection
It was observed at the meeting that there is a need to take additional measures besides continuing the existing COVID containment measures in all districts considering the uneven trend seen in daily Covid cases as well as the increased positivity rate.
The SEC stressed that applying COVID-appropriate behavior was key to determining the need for additional restrictions.
“All government departments/offices should minimize the holding of face-to-face meetings/interactions etc. All administrative secretaries/heads of departments/institutions should ensure optimal use of virtual mode for conducting official meetings etc.” , reads an SEC order after the meeting.
Decisions made at SEC meeting to contain virus
- The maximum number of people allowed to attend any indoor or outdoor gathering is strictly limited to 25.
- Banquet halls are permitted to allow gatherings of up to 25 vaccinated persons with verifiable RT-PCR or RAT no older than 72 hours or 25% of permitted capacity, preferably in open spaces.
- Movie theaters, theaters, multiplexes, restaurants, clubs, gymnasiums and swimming pools are allowed to operate at 25% of permitted capacity.
- Educational institutions, all colleges, schools, polytechnics, coaching centers, etc. were invited to adopt the online teaching medium.
- The night curfew will remain in effect in all districts from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. with full restriction of non-essential travel.
- There will also be a complete restriction of non-essential travel over weekends throughout J&K.
- All Deputy Commissioners should step up testing and ensure full utilization of available RT-PCR and RAT capabilities. There will be no optional trial levels.
J&K continues to witness an increase in Corona cases
A rise in COVID cases continued across Jammu and Kashmir in the 24 hours with 2,456 new cases and five casualties while the union territory of Ladakh also recorded a spike with 124 positives.
Among 2,456 cases, 934 were reported in Jammu Division, which also had three COVID deaths, all fully immunized, while Kashmir Valley recorded two casualties and 1,522 cases.