Sharpest single-day spike of 5,443 COVID-19 cases in J&K, 50 more die


Normal life affected due to restrictions


Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Friday recorded its biggest single-day jump of 5,443 COVID-19 cases that pushed its infection tally to 2,06,954 while 50 more fatalities took the death toll to 2,612, officials said.
Of the fresh cases, 1,868 were reported from the Jammu division and 3,575 from the Kashmir division of the union territory, they said.
Srinagar district recorded the highest number of fresh cases at 1,071, followed by 639 in Jammu and 568 in Anantnag.
Of the 50 deaths reported in the union territory, 29 were from the Jammu region and 21 from the Kashmir Valley, they said.
Moreover, 2752 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals including 954 from Jammu Division and 1798 from Kashmir Division.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 7557656test results available, 7350702 samples have been tested as negative till 7thMay, 2021.
Till date 1885550 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 87419 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 44307 in isolation and 123485in home surveillance. Besides, 1627727 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Meanwhile, normal life remained affected in many areas in Jammu and Kashmir on the ninth day with the imposition of the lockdown in the wake of an alarming surge in coronavirus cases, officials said.
Most of the across the Union Territory continued to wear a deserted look as public transport remained off the roads and markets were shut, the officials said.
They said in the wake of the lockdown announced by the government, restrictions on the movement and assembly of people continued to remain in force in many districts of the UT.
The officials said while curfew was in place across the Kashmir valley and in Jammu district, restrictions on the assembly of people were also imposed in many areas of the Jammu division.
The officials said the police have sealed several roads by putting barricades at many places in the city here as well as in other district headquarters of the valley to prevent the movement of people.
They said while the restrictions were being implemented strictly, essential and emergency services were allowed.
On April 29, the Jammu and Kashmir administration imposed a 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 curfew, which was supposed to end at 7 am on May 3, was extended in the twin capitals of Jammu and Srinagar besides Budgam and Baramulla till 7 am Thursday.
However, the authorities in the Kashmir valley have now ordered extension in the restrictions till Monday morning in all districts.