COVID-19: Restrictions in Srinagar parts, other areas of valley



A man walks, wearing a mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 in Srinagar. Photograph by Bhat Burhan

Srinagar: Authorities on Thursday imposed strict restrictions on the movement of people in several areas of Srinagar and Budgam districts in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The imposition of the curbs by the authorities follows a day after a 67-year-old woman from Khaniyar Srinagar, who had returned on 6 March from Saudi Arabia after performing Umrah, tested positive for COVID-19.

Sources said barricades and concertina wires have been erected at many places in downtown Srinagar and on the roads that lead towards the old city.

Reports said that restrictions have been also imposed in several areas of central Kashmir’s Budgam district in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

In a series of tweets, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Choudhary urged people to cooperate, underlining that the restrictions on public gatherings, assembly and movement in many areas are aimed at avoiding the spread of any likely cases of covid-19. “Pl (please) cooperate,” he said.

He also urged all residents who might have come in contact with the COVID-19 positive case in Srinagar to report to their nearest health facilities or contact control room at 2457552 or 2457543 or 9419028251 or 9419028242 or 9419014723.”This is urgent and cannot be ignored,” he said.

“It’s important that people who come in contact with #Coronavirus positive case(s) should immediately report to the nearest health facility or our 24×7 control room.” (GNS)

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