Srinagar: Administration on Sunday declared all Kashmir districts except Ganderbal and Bandipora as Red Zones in view of the surge in coronavirus cases.

The order was issued after Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam carried out a detailed review of the current COVID situation in Jammu and Kashmir with the Financial Commissioner, Health, and Divisional Commissioners of Jammu and Kashmir besides other officers.

“The trend in new cases particularly the recent spread/ spike in new cases in view of the continuous movement of stranded/other persons travelling to J&K and between provinces/ districts. The risk perception of the Health department vis-a-vis each district and the need to control further spread of COV1D-19 was discussed,” the order reads.

“Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred under section 24 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the undersigned, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the State Executive Committee, hereby orders that the classification of districts into Red, Orange and Green categories for Jammu and Kashmir:

Red Zone: All districts of Kashmir province except Ganderbal and Bandipora and Ramban district of Jammu province.

Orange Zone: Kathua, Samba, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Reasi, Udhampur, Poonch, Rajouri and Jammu.”

Green Zone: Doda and Kishtwar except Containment one on the National Highway which will be a RED/Containment Zone with a 500 metre buffer,” it reads.

On Saturday, J&K recorded over 400 cases of coronavirus even as officially only 143 cases were confirmed by the government in its daily bulletin.

The tally of positive cases in J&K has officially touched 3500 even as 40 people have died of the virus in the Union Territory.

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