Restrictions imposed across Kashmir due to surge
STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir on Friday recorded 5,720 fresh coronavirus cases that took its infection tally to 3,84,381, while five more fatalities pushed the death toll to 4,591, officials said.
Of the fresh cases, 1,890 were from the Jammu division and 3,830 from the Kashmir division of the union territory, they said, adding that while four fatalities were reported from the Jammu district, one was recorded in the Valley.
Srinagar district recorded the highest number of fresh cases at 1,341, followed by 1,306 in Jammu district.
The number of mucormycosis (black fungus) cases in the union territory stands at 51. No fresh case has been reported since last evening, they said.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on, out of 384381 positive cases, 34882 are Active Positive (11602in Jammu Division and 23280 in Kashmir Division), 344908 have recovered and 4591 have died; 2241 in Jammu division and 2350in Kashmir division.
The Bulletin further said that out of 20688396 test results available, 384381 samples have tested positive and 20304015 samples have been tested as negative till date. Besides, 82,903 COVID tests have been conducted in last 24 hours.
Till date 5602163 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 7829persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 34882 in isolation and 429367 in home surveillance. Besides, 5125494 persons have completed their surveillance period. Authorities this afternoon imposed restrictions on the non-essential movement of people across Kashmir as a 64-hour lockdown began in the union territory in view of an exponential rise in the number of coronavirus cases since the beginning of the new year, officials said.
Police vehicles fitted with public address systems announced the restrictions at several places across the valley in the afternoon after the government ordered complete restriction on non-essential movement during from 2 pm on Friday till 6 am on Monday in the entire Jammu and Kashmir, the officials said.
Shops and other business establishments in the city and elsewhere in the valley which had opened this morning were forced by police to shut in view of the restrictions, they said.
The police closed the markets and asked people to return to their homes.
After the movement of people early in the morning, the police erected barricades at several places in the city here and other areas of the valley and the movement of public was restricted, the officials said.
They said only employees and emergency cases were allowed to move and all other non-essential movement was restricted.
The district authorities appealed to the people to cooperate with the administration and curtail their movement in view of the rising cases.
Meanwhile, Ladakh has reported 149 fresh cases of coronavirus infections, taking the tally to 24,034 while the active cases in the union territory is stated to be 1047, officials said.
The union territory has recorded 222 covid-related deaths — 164 in Leh and 58 in Kargil — since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020, they said.
However,there was no death reported from the union territory on Thursday, they said. As many as 122 patients were cured and discharged from hospitals in Ladakh. The total number of cured patients is 22,765, they said.
Of the total of 149 fresh cases from Union territory, 125 cases were reported from Leh district and 24 from Kargil district, they said.
A total of 1462 sample reports in Ladakh were found negative, they said.
With this, the total number of COVID-19 active cases in Ladakh has su