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COVID-19: J&K Govt announces 12-hour daily curfew

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An empty Srinagar market during the coronavirus lockdown in 2020 (File Photo: KM/Umar Ganie)


Srinagar: As COVID-19 cases continue to rise on a daily basis, the government Monday announced night curfew in all areas of Jammu and Kashmir adding that only people with valid passes will be allowed to move out.

“Prohibitions (Curfew) on movement in ALL areas between 7 PM and 7 AM. No movement without passes. Medical emergencies exempted,” Government Spokesperson Rohit Kansal tweeted on Monday.

 

The move is similar to the ones taken by Haryana, Karnataka, Assam, and other administrations which too have imposed a 12-hour-curfew.

To mention, the authorities in J&K have already designated all 10 districts of Kashmir as Red Zone.

Covid-19 numbers have witnessed a sharp rise in the last few weeks even as the tally crossed 700 mark on Sunday when 35 new cases tested positive for the virus.

The 35 included three little girls and five members of a family from Charar-e-Sharief in Budgam.

Of the total 701 cases, 406 are active positive cases while 287 others have recovered. Eight people have so far died because of the pandemic.

The government Sunday said that it has conducted record 2500 tests a day.

Meanwhile across India, Covid-19 cases have crossed the 42,000-mark, as per the latest update by the Union health ministry. Over 1,350 people have died due to the virus across the country while the global toll from Covid-19 has crossed 3,50,000. The lockdown in India has been extended till March 17.