LG announces Corona curfew in urban areas of 8 J&K districts between 10 PM – 6 AM from today

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⛔ 835 new COVID cases reported in UT; HC puts physical hearing in abeyance
⛔ Areas in-around GGM Science College, Sanskrit University, Kanger Morh declared as micro containment zones; permission for fairs,
exhibitions cancelled in Jammu; testing for incoming travellers at Lower Munda

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JAMMU: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday announced Corona curfew in the urban areas of eight districts of Jammu and Kashmir between 10 PM and 6 AM from tomorrow.
“Directed the Divisional administration to impose Corona curfew from 10 pm to 6 am in the urban areas of 8 districts affected by the recent #COVID spike. These districts are #Jammu, #Udhampur, #Kathua, #Srinagar, #Baramulla, #Budgam, #Anantnag and #Kupwara”, the Lieutenant Governor said in a tweet.
The curfew will be in force in the municipal limits of the Urban Local Bodies of these districts. This will come into effect from Friday, 9 April 2021, 10 pm, the Lieutenant Governor said, adding “#Reasi Distt will be under close observation for any possible spikes in cases.”

DHS, GMC cancel all kinds of leaves to employees

JAMMU: The Directorate of Health Services Jammu and Principal Government Medical College Jammu and Associated Hospitals on Thursday ordered cancelation of all kinds of leaves to gazetted and non gazetted employees except the maternity leave.
As per an order issued by Director Health Services, all the officers and officials working in the Jammu Division will not be sanctioned any kind of leave henceforth till further orders. However, maternity leave has been exempted from this order.
The circular issued by Principal GMC Jammu states, “In view of recent surge in COVID-19 positive cases in the region all kind of leaves (sanctioned/ under consideration) of Gaz/ Non-gazetted employees of GMC & Associated Hospitals, Jammu are hereby cancelled with immediate effect except the medical/ maternity leave.”
“Further, the medical leave shall only be considered after recommendation of the Standing Medical Board. Besides all the HoDs/ Officers are directed to refrain from forwarding of any kind of leave except maternity leave/ medical leave duly recommended by the Medical Board to this office, till further orders,” states the circular issued by Dr. Shashi Sudhan Sharma, Principal, GMC Jammu.
It further states that the circular instructions shall be followed in letter and spirit and deviation if any shall be viewed very seriously under rules.

The measure comes in the wake of spike in the virus with the Union Territory reporting 835 new COVID cases during the past 24 hours– 280 from Jammu division and 555 from Kashmir division-the High Court has put physical hearing of the cases in abeyance for the time being.
A COVID related death has also been reported from the Kashmir Division, official said.
Srinagar district recorded the highest 349 cases, including 61 travellers, followed by 148 in Jammu and 74 in Baramulla district.
Moreover, 246 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals including 22 from Jammu Division and 224 from Kashmir Division.

India reports highest daily spike of over 1.26 lakh new cases

New Delhi: India registered a record single-day spike of 1,26,789 new COVID-19 cases, pushing its infection tally to 1,29,28,574, while the number of active cases too went upwards to breach the nine lakh-mark again, Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday showed.
The death toll due to the disease in the country increased to 1,66,862, with 685 new fatalities being reported in a day, according to the data updated at 8 am.
Registering a steady increase for the 29th day in row, the count of active cases has gone up to 9,10,319, which is 7.04 per cent of the total infections, while the country’s recovery rate has dropped to 91.67 per cent, it stated.
The active COVID-19 caseload in the country was recorded at its lowest of 1,35,926 on February 12, comprising 1.25 per cent of the total infections.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,18,51,393, while the case fatality rate has dropped to 1.29 per cent, the data stated.
India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7 last year, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.
It went past 60 lakh on September 28 last year, 70 lakh on October 11, 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and the one-crore mark on December 19.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 25,26,77,379 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the country so far, including 12,37,781 on Wednesday.
The 685 new fatalities include 322 from Maharashtra, 62 from Punjab, 53 from Chhattisgarh, 40 from Uttar Pradesh, 35 from Karnataka, 22 from Gujarat, 20 from Delhi, 17 from Tamil Nadu, 16 from Kerala, 13 from Madhya Pradesh, 12 from Rajasthan and 11 each from Andhra Pradesh and Haryana.
A total of 1,66,862 deaths due to the disease have been reported so far in the country. This includes 56,652 fatalities from Maharashtra, 12,821 from Tamil Nadu, 12,731 from Karnataka, 11,133 from Delhi, 10,363 from West Bengal, 8,964 from Uttar Pradesh, 7,278 from Punjab and 7,262 from Andhra Pradesh.
The Union Health Ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
“Our figures are being reconciled with the ICMR,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

According to the daily Media Bulletin, out of 135662 positive cases, 5623 are Active Positive, 128020 have recovered and 2019have died; 745 in Jammu division and 1274 in Kashmir division.
The Bulletin further said that out of 6373912 test results available, 6238250 samples have been tested as negative till 08thApril, 2021.
Till date 1575505 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 59857 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 5623 in isolation and 124174in home surveillance. Besides, 1383832 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Meanwhile, according to an order issued by High Court of J&K, the physical hearing of the cases has been kept in abeyance for the time being and the hearing of the cases in the district and subordinate courts shall be conducted through virtual mode till 18 April, 2021.

However, as per an official statement liberty has been granted to learned counsel for both the parties for taking up their respective matter through physical mode subject to their consent.
It was given out that on the written consent for physical appearance, (with case details, the name of the court in which case is pending and CNR number of the case) the Presiding officer of the concerned court taking into consideration the urgency involved, apart from virtual hearing, may, where the learned counsel for the parties/parties in person involved give their consent to appear for physical hearing, permit physical hearing in Criminal trials where accused is/are in custody, Matrimonial Cases, Cases under Section 138 of Negotiable Instruments Act, Compromise matters or in any other matters, as deemed desirable in the courts under his/her jurisdiction.
With regard to the Motor Accident claims pending before MACT, the parties shall approach the Presiding officer MACT directly through virtual mode for grant of permission for appearance physically.
Besides for filing of the fresh Petitions, it shall be incumbent upon all Presiding Officers to get the Petitions, so received by them through virtual mode, generated at the Institution/Filing counter so that the file is properly diarized on OS.
According to a handout, further enquiry regarding written consent for physical appearance, concerned persons may be contacted any of the officials of the e-court section. Faheem Manzoor, System officer 9906733228, Syeda Tawheed, System Assistant, 9596032667, Shaista Jalal, System assistant, 9622673007, Ahmed Hussain, System assistant, 9682191946 and Helpline Zahoor Ahmed 9419344448.
The courts have been directed to function in batches with 25 percent reduction on rotation basis. The roster in this regard shall he formulated by the concerned Presiding Officer of the court. The officials, who as per the roster are not on duty in the office, shall not leave the station and shall remain available on telephone and electronic means of communication at all times.
Further, the staff on duty in courts and the counsel appearing physically have been directed to take necessary precautions, ensure physical distancing, wearing of masks and observance of SOPs and guidelines issued by the respective Government from time to time, the handout stated.
In the meantime, District Magistrate Jammu has declared area in and around GGM, Science College, Canal Road, falling under Police Station Nowabad and area in and around Sanskrit University, Kanger Morh, Bhalwal, falling under Police Station Gharota, as micro containment zones.
As per an order issued in this regard, these areas shall be under strict lock down and tight perimeter control, except for essential needs. There shall be no movement, whatsoever, in and out of the Micro Containment zone.
For any medical emergency, individuals can contact 24X7 Control-Room at 0191-2571616, 0191-2571912 and necessary facilitation shall be done.
It shall be mandatory for the persons residing in designated Containment Zones to get themselves tested and any refusal in this regard shall invite action including filing of FIR under relevant provisions of Disaster Management Act. Magistrate and SHO concerned of the area shall ensure that 100% sampling and testing is done.
Tehsildar Jammu/Bhalwal shall be the overall in charge for enforcement of Micro Containment SOP in the notified zones. The Chief Medical Officer, Jammu shall ensure deployment of sufficient teams for sampling and surveillance of the designated zone. He shall ensure contact tracing of positives and their testing as per the SOP. The District Control Room shall monitor strict home and medical isolation of all positives reported from the zones twice on daily basis.
“Any violation of this order shall invite punitive action under section 188 of Indian Penal Code and other relevant sections of Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and the Disaster Management Act, 2005” the order reads further.
District Magistrate, Jammu, under Section 144 of CrPC read with relevant provisions under Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and the Disaster Management Act, 2005, has cancelled all the permissions for fairs and exhibitions in the district in view of sudden spike in number of COVID Positive cases
“It has been made to appear to me, in view of the situation emerging due to COVID-19 in District Jammu, that there is sufficient ground for proceeding under Section 144 of CrPC for immediate prevention or speedy remedy is desirable to prevent danger to human life, health or safety”, an order issued on Thursday by the DM stated, adding “Now, therefore, I, Anshul Garg, lAS, District Magistrate, Jammu, vide powers conferred upon me under section 144 of CrPC read with relevant provisions under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and the Disaster Management Act, 2005 do hereby order that all the permissions issued for holding exhibitions and fairs shall be deemed to have been expired forthwith.
The organizers of these exhibitions shall wind up their operations within 24 hours and concerned Sub Divisional Magistrates shall submit compliance report to this office.”
As per the order, any violation of this order shall invite punitive action under section 188 of Indian Penal Code and other relevant sections of Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
Meanwhile, in order to contain the spread of Coronavirus infection, all incoming travelers coming by road shall undergo testing at Lower Munda in district Kulgam.
These remarks were made by the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Mohammed Aijaz Asad while chairing a meeting to review Covid-19 related situation at TRC here.
He said that the testing for travelers coming by road shall be started in a couple of days as this would help in containing the spread of virus in the Valley.
The DC said that mass vaccination of hotel staff, drivers, houseboat staff and others concerned with the tourism sector as frontline workers shall be started across all tourist destinations.
Besides, he said that a special Covid-19 related training programme shall be conducted for the staff members to ensure that all SOPs are followed strictly while dealing with tourists and catering their services to the tourism sector.
He urged tourism stakeholders to ensure proper sanitation and hygiene in all hotels besides keep two rooms available for isolation of tourists in case they test positive.
Emphasizing on strict following of Covid-19 related SOPs, he said as shared responsibility, each stakeholder has to work with the concerned department as a team to ensure effective tourism as well as effective dealing with the pandemic.
On the occasion, Dr Gazalla, in charge Covid-19 testing at Airport deliberated on the importance of vaccination, trimming it as necessary to fight the pandemic.
She said that the vaccine is safe which ensures less morbidity and mortality incase vaccinated gets infected.
Various tourism stakeholders from Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg also attended the meeting and shared various concerns with the chair.
The tourism players raised various demands including hiring of separate hotel accommodation for isolation of infected tourists, permission to tourists to the valley only after their RT-PCR test reports, improvement in testing facility at the Airport and sanitation of hotels.
Commissioner SMC, Director Tourism, Director Health, CEOs of Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg Development Authorities attended the meeting.