Complete restriction on non-essential movements from every Friday 2 PM to Monday 6 AM ordered
STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: While Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday recorded 5,992 fresh coronavirus cases, biggest single-day spike in infections so far, pushing the tally to 3,78,661, the Government ordered complete restriction on non-essential movement in the entire Union Territory from every Friday 2.00 PM to Monday 6.00 AM, henceforth.
According to officials, seven deaths due to the disease were reported in the past 24 hours, five in the Jammu Division and two in the Valley.
In view of surge in the cases, the Government has ordered complete restriction on non-essential movement in the entire UT of J&K from every Friday 2.00 PM to Monday 6.00 AM, henceforth.
“In continuation to the COVID-19 containment measures ordered vide Government Order No. 04-JK ( DMRRR) of 2022 dated January 14, 2022 and in reference to the task force meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary, J&K (Chairman State Executive Committee) along with the ACS (Finance), ACS (Health and Medical Education), Principal Secretary to the Government PWD (R&B) & other Senior Health functionaries on January 20, 2022 regarding an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the entire J&K and the presence of variant of concern (Omicron), the State Executive Committee, in exercise of the powers conferred upon it under Section 24 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 orders that there shall be a complete restriction on non-essential movement in the entire UT of J&K from every Friday 2.00 pm to Monday 6.00 am, henceforth,” reads an order issued by Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, who is also Chairman State Executive Committee.
“Pregnant women employees will be exempted from physical attendance and they shall be allowed to work from home,” it stated and added. “These directions shall be applicable till further orders.”
Elaborating on the spike in detection of the cases, officials said the previous highest one-day jump in infections was recorded on Wednesday when 5,818 fresh cases were registered in the Union Territory. During the second wave of the pandemic, Jammu and Kashmir had on May 7 last year detected 5,443 new cases.
Out of the fresh cases recorded on Thursday, 1,920 were from the Jammu division and 4,072 from the Kashmir division, the officials said.
They said Srinagar district recorded a maximum of 1,306 new cases, followed by Jammu district which registered 1,217 such infections. While 825 cases were recorded in the Baramulla district, Budgam recorded 636 cases, Pulwama r 125 cases, Kupwara 137 cases, Anantnag 259 cases, Bandipora 237 cases, Ganderbal 270 cases, Kulgam 243 cases and Shopian reported 34 fresh cases.
Similarly, Reasi district in the Jammu division reported 58 cases, Udhampur reported 200, Rajouri 70 cases, Doda 72 s, Kathua 105, Samba 86, Poonch 23, Kishtwar 47 and the Ramban district reported 42 fresh cases for today.
There are 31,044 active cases in the Union Territory, while the count of recoveries stands at 3,43,031, the officials said.
The new fatalities raised the death toll from the pandemic to 4,586 in Jammu and Kashmir. According to the daily Media Bulletin, out of 378661 positive cases, 31044 are Active Positive (10535in Jammu Division and 20508 in Kashmir Division), 343031 have recovered and 4586 have died; 2237 in Jammu division and 2349in Kashmir division. The Bulletin further said that out of 20605493 test results available, 378661 samples have tested positive and 20226832 samples have been tested as negative till date. Besides, 87,470 COVID tests have been conducted in last 24 hours.