COVID-19: Restrictions intensified in Kashmir in view of Friday prayers

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Srinagar: Restrictions on movement and assembly of people were further tightened in view of Friday congregational prayers in Kashmir valley, where streets and markets remained deserted for the 15th successive day due to lockdown to curtail spread of Coronavirus.

The congregational prayers were not held last Friday in the valley following authorities and various religious organizations, including Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Wakf Board, advising people against it.

Eight more persons, including five from Jammu and three from Kashmir, on Thursday tested positive for Coronavirus, taking the total number of infected people to 70 in the Union Territory.

Meanwhile, amid rise in the number of Coronavirus cases, the first person to be tested positive for the infection in the valley was discharged from hospital after fully recovering while another has tested negative giving hope to the people.

Official sources told UNI that restrictions on movement and assembly of people have been intensified in view of Friday congregational across Kashmir valley. “Strict restrictions remained imposed in 20 villages including Parray Mohala Hajin, Chandergeer Hajin, Batagund Hajin in Bandipora dist, Gudoora, Chandgam, Pinglena, Parigam, Abhama,Sangerwani and Khaigam in Pulwama, Waskura in Ganderbal, Sedew and Ramnagri in Shopian which were declared as Red Zones,” they said.

All exit points of Mehjoor Nagar, Natipora, Lal Bazar, Eidgah and Shalteng in Srinagar and Chadoora in Budgam district have been sealed as these areas were also declared as Red Zones. “No one will be allowed in and out of these areas,” they added.
Authorities have launched an aggressive contact tracing campaign to put all persons, who have a travel history or have come in contact with a positive or suspected case, under quarantine after taking their samples as per health protocol.