‘Corona curfew’ extended till May 31 in J&K


3,408 new cases, 48 deaths reported in UT


Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Saturday extended till May 31 the curfew imposed across the union territory to curb the spread of coronavirus, even as 3408 new cases and 48 fatalities were reported during 24 hours.
The restrictions were scheduled to end on May 24.
Corona Curfew imposed in all 20 distts (districts) of J&K till 7 am on Monday, 24/5/21 is extended further till 7 am on Monday, 31/5/21. Curfew will be strict except for a few essential services. DCs (Deputy Commissioners) being given limited flexibility to ensure economic activities do not suffer, the Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) said in a tweet on its official handle.

Over 1.6 cr COVID vaccine doses still available with States/UTs: Health Ministry

New Delhi: More than 1.60 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with states and union territories, and over 2.67 lakh doses will be supplied to them in the next three day, the Union health ministry said on Saturday.
In a statement, the ministry said more than 21 crore vaccine doses have been provided to states and union territories (UTs).
“Of this, the total consumption, calculated based on average up to May 21, 2021, including wastage, is 19,73,61,311 doses (as per data available at 8 am today),” it said.
“More than 1.60 crore COVID vaccine doses (1,60,13,409) are still available with the states/UTs to be administered,” the statement said.
It said that 2,67,110 vaccine doses “are in the pipeline and will be received by the states/UTs within the next three days”.

Jammu and Kashmir on Friday recorded 3,848 fresh COVID-19 cases that took its tally to 2,63,905, while 43 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 3,465, officials said.
Of the fresh cases, 1,251 were reported from the Jammu division and 2,157 from the Kashmir division, they said.
The officials said Srinagar district recorded the highest of 509 cases, followed by 490 in Jammu district and 273 in Budgam district.
The number of active cases in the UT is 49,136, while 2,14,664 patients have recovered so far, they said.
The death toll due to the pandemic rose to 3,513 as 48 more patients died in the past 24 hours, the officials said. adding that these include 30 from Jammu Division and 18 from Kashmir Division.
According to the daily Media Bulletin, out of 8188640test results available, 7921327 samples have been tested as negative till 22ndMay, 2021.

Ladakh records 121 COVID cases, curfew extended

Leh: Ladakh registered 121 fresh COVID-19 cases and one fatality on Saturday, taking the union territory’s infection tally to 17,146 and its death toll to 173.
The curfew imposed in the union territory to curb the spread of the virus has been extended by another week by the authorities. The restrictions will now be in place till 7 am on June 7.
The latest fatality due to the disease was reported from Leh. So far, Leh has accounted for 125 deaths and Kargil 48, officials said.
Of the new cases, 97 were in Leh and 24 in Kargil. This puts the number of active cases in the twin districts to 1,599 1,351 in Leh and 248 in Kargil. A total of 110 more COVID-19 patients have recuperated from the disease in Ladakh, taking the count of recoveries so far to 15,374.
Meanwhile, Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) has been made mandatory for all incoming passengers, including tourists, irrespective of negative RT-PCR reports, the officials said.
“Every person/tourist on arrival, irrespective of having an RT-PCR negative test report, will mandatory be subjected to a RAT test at the point of arrival. Such person, if found positive, shall be isolated at the place of stay or COVID-care centre,” an official order issued here read.
The order stated that people arriving in Ladakh, both by air and road, must have a negative RT-PCR report not older than 96 hours.
“Such tourists who is/are without a valid COVID-19 test report not older than 96 hours at the time of their arrival, will undergo mandatory COVID-19 test and shall be quarantined at quarantine centre or place of stay and will not be allowed out of quarantine if his/her test report is found negative,” it said.

Till date 2018101 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 74102 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 49136 in isolation and 133759 in home surveillance. Besides, 1757591 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Earlier on April 29, the Jammu and Kashmir administration imposed curfew in 11 districts in a bid to tackle the surge in COVID-19 cases, which was subsequently extended to all the 20 districts the next day.
The UT also witnessed a 34-hour curfew from 8 pm on April 24 till April 26.
On April 8, night curfew was imposed from 10 pm to 6 am in the urban areas of eight districts, which was extended to the municipal and urban local body limits of all the 20 districts on April 20.