New weekend lockdown begins in J&K

Srinagar: A 64-hour-long weekend lockdown came into effect on Friday in Jammu and Kashmir.
The weekend lockdown rules have been tweaked into increase its length as Covid surge in the union territory refused to subside.
All non essential moments have been restricted starting 2 pm Friday with police making public announcements to adhere to guidelines.
Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday extended the weekly lockdown by 16 hours till Monday 6 am.
Public announcements were made at all key cross sections, including Residency road, Lal Chowk, Amirakadal other areas of Srinagar. Violators were warned they will dealt with strictly.
The health officials urged people to follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) by wearing face masks and maintaining distance.
Jammu and Kashmir has recorded the highest number of 5,992 fresh cases besides seven deaths due the coronavirus in the UT on Thursday.
The authorities have exempted the pregnant women from physical attendance during the lockdown and allowed them to work from home till further orders.