Covid-19 : Shops shut, public transport off roads on the second day of lockdown in Kashmir

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A day after the J-K administration announced a complete lockdown across the Valley, strict restrictions were imposed in most parts of Kashmir on Thursday, except for Bandipora district, to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The six-day complete lockdown in the Valley came into effect on Wednesday evening following a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the last three weeks

However, the district administration has said that the lockdown will continue till 6 am on July 28, news agency Press Trust of India reported.

No movement of people, except in medical emergencies and essential services, was being allowed across the Valley, the officials said.

Authorities have sealed most of the roads and market places in all Red districts, including Srinagar, and placed concertina wires and barriers on the roads to stop public movement, they said.

Shops, fuel stations and other business establishments were shut and public transport was off the roads.

Agriculture, horticulture and construction activities have been allowed in accordance with disaster management guidelines. The movement of goods carriers, LPG and oil tankers also continued unhindered.

The Valley counts for 253 of the total 285 deaths in Jammu and Kashmir. The number of cases in J-K has risen to 15,711, up from 7,497 on June 30, the officials said on Wednesday.

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