COVID19: Strict restrictions in Kashmir, markets shut

Srinagar, March 21: Strict restrictions on movement and assembly of people continued for the third consecutive day on Saturday in Kashmir to contain the spread of the coronavirus that has infected one person in the Valley, officials said.

They said adequate security forces had been deployed and barricades put up at several places in Srinagar. Only government and essential services employees with valid identity cards, mediapersons, and people with health emergency were allowed to move on streets, they added.

Police through public address systems asked people to stay indoors and maintain social distancing.

Most markets across the Valley were shut, public transport was off roads and train services were suspended. Educational institutes and public places such as gymnasiums, parks, clubs and restaurants have been shut down.

The measures have been taken after a 67-year-old woman from Khanyar area of Srinagar, who returned to the city on March 16 from Saudi Arabia after performing Umrah, tested positive for COVID-19.

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