In Kashmir, government announces strict lockdown till 27 July

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Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to re-impose strict lockdown across Kashmir from today onwards till 27 July in the wake of spurt in COVID-19 related cases and deaths, unnamed officials in the government disclosed to a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO).

The officials said that from today onwards till 29 July, strict lockdown will remain in place to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

“Further decisions about continuation or announcing relaxation will be taken depending on how the situation would behave,” an official told KNO.

Interestingly, since Unlock-2, COVID-19 positive cases have shown a huge spurt as so far over 15,000 cases have tested positive and 260 people have died due to the pandemic. Many doctors and civil society members had urged the government to re-impose the lockdown to prevent the mass spread of the virus. (KNO)

The earlier copy of this report wrongly mentioned that the lockdown has been extended till 28 July instead of 27 July.

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