Strict restrictions upto April 15: DC
The government imposed restrictions and lockdown continued for the seventh consecutive day Wednesday to prevent spread of deadly coronavirus pandemic in Jammu Kashmir.
Except essential services, inter-state and inter-district transport services remain suspended while the government intensified restrictions following directive to ensure complete lockdown for 21days till April 14.
The government has ordered closure of all government departments except essential services until April 14.
Advisor to Lt Governor, Baseer Khan has directed the Deputy Commissioners of all districts to work religiously for the safety of people by ensuring complete lockdown for 21 days.
He had directed for strict imposition of strict restrictions for general public except essential services so that coronavirus pandemic is stopped in JK.
Police continued to use public address system, appealing people to stay home for their own safety and others in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley.
The forces comprising Police and paramilitary CRPF remained deployed across Kashmir to ensure public stay home and restrict traffic on highways and other road links.
The roads and intersections also remained sealed with concertina wires and barricades to stop public movement and assembly.
The government officials, including Police continue to encourage people to main social distancing while availing essential services like groceries, fuel, and using ATMs among other services.
Lal Chowk, the business centre in Srinagar, also remained out of bounds as forces for the seventh straight day denied public entry into the main city while similar stringent curbs were exercised at other places of the valley.
Since March 18, Kashmir has been observing a complete lockdown in a bid to stop deadly coronavirus spread in the Valley where eight positive COVID-19 cases have been recorded so far.
On Wednesday four persons from Bandipora were tested positive for coronavirus while three had been tested positive on Tuesday and the COVID- 19 patient, who was tested positive first in Kashmir, has been treated.
Meanwhile, people in Srinagar city and other district headquarters including villages confined themselves to homes to avoid any possible contact with the deadly virus.
Market places and roads present a deserted look as shutdown of non-essential businesses and transport services including private vehicles, and local train service entered seventh day. However, drug stores, groceries, vegetables and fruit shops and other essential services operated at various places.
The restrictions on public movement and assembly under Section 144 of CrPC were first imposed in Kashmir on March 18 after a 67-year-old woman from Khanyar area tested positive of coronavirus, making her a first COVID-19 case in Kashmir.
The patient has been treated at SKIMS, Soura here.
However, the government vehicles, ambulances, and government staff involved in efforts against COVID-19 and staff of other emergency services have been exempted from such curbs in the Valley.
Meanwhile, District Magistrate Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Choudhary has ordered imposition of very strict restrictions in the district.
The order issued under Section 144 of CrPC states that there shall be complete restrictions on public movement including private transport and operation of businesses and activities across the district up to April 15.
It states that only officials of essential services departments as designated and certified by their heads will be allowed to move on the production of movement passes issued by the District Magistrate adding that the lowest minimum number of officials are being provided passes and allowed to move.
The order states that doctors, paramedical staff, ambulance operators and those officials assigned by the district disaster management authority on COVID-19 emergency response duty will be allowed to move on production of valid identify cards.
Concerned agencies have been asked to ensure strict implementation of the order and strict action against violators.
The order states that the decision to impose strict restrictions has been taken as a preventive measure in view of the increased number of coronavirus positive cases — now grown to three — surfacing in the district and are aimed at containing spread of the infection.
Shahid appealed general public to cooperate with the administration and ensure strict adherence to the order.
He said violation of the order would constitute criminal offence and attract strict action under Section 188 of IPC.
He said the district administration has put in place a mechanism to ensure uninterrupted supplies and deliveries of essential services to the general public of the district. He said essential commodities will be home-delivered to residents as part of this mechanism.
These restrictions will come into effect from midnight tonight and will remain enforced till April 15.