COVID19: J&K Admin asks district authorities to ensure complete lockdown in 77 red zones

Jammu, April 12: Jammu and Kashmir Administration has asked officials to ensure that restrictions are strictly implemented in all 77 red zones in the union territory as coronavirus cases continue to rise alarmingly in the region.

After a high-level meeting to review the UT’s containment strategy on Sunday, J&K Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam told Deputy Commissioners (DCs) and district police heads to ensure that complete lockdown orders are followed diligently in areas that have been identified as hotspots. “District administration, in close coordination with district police, should ensure that there is zero movement of people,” he said.

Subramanyam asked authorities to conduct a door-to-door surveillance of every house in the red zones and hold extensive fumigation. He also asked district administrations to ensure the supply of essential service to people in these areas.

District commissioners have been told to convert big halls, vacant hostels and other such ready infrastructure into quarantine facilities.

Checkpoints have been ordered at both ends of the Jawahar Tunnel. District administrations of Poonch and Shopian have been asked to set up similar check posts at Poshana and other Peer Ki Gali at Mugal Road to regulate vehicular traffic once the road is opens.

In order to ensure that rural economy is not affected, Subramanyam asked police and deputy commissioners to coordinate with Secretary Agriculture to allow agriculture-related activities to continue smoothly.

Authorities have been told to ensure there is appropriate regulation at mandis to avoid large gatherings of people.

Jammu and Kashmir has reported more than 220 coronavirus cases with six deaths.

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