J&K Admin Rules Out Lockdown Relaxation

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All Kashmir Districts In Red Zones, Cases May Spike: Div Com

 

A CRPF trooper stands guard in the Red Zone declared locality of uptown Srinagar on Thursday. KO Pic Abid Bhat

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday ruled out relaxation in the lockdown extended till May 3, saying that a significant spike might be witnessed in coronavirus cases in the coming days due to aggressive testing.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole told Kashmir Observer that all the districts in Kashmir have red zones and due to which stricter norms will remain in place and there will be no ease in lockdown restrictions. The restrictions, he said will remain stricter in red zones within the districts.

“First of all, the districts have to be categorized in red, grey and green zones. As of now, no district of the Valley falls in green zone. All the districts are in red zones,” Pole said.

Elaborating further, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir said that red zones were those areas where restrictions will be tightened, while in green zones normal activities can be carried out.

“I urge people to religiously follow the lockdown guidelines so that we don’t have these red zones in the Valley,” he said.

Pertinently, the Ministry of Home Affairs today issued the updated set of guidelines on coronavirus lockdown asking the State and Union Territories not to dilute lockdown guidelines in any manner and instead impose stricter measures as per local requirements.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir said that to facilitate rural and agriculture economy, a little relaxation might be given after April 20 strictly on case to case basis. “However, that will only be done when our performance improves and we move from red to grey and grey to green zones. Restrictions will be gradually eased,” he said.

Pole further said that in coming days, the cases might rise because the administration was going for aggressive testing across the Valley. He said many asymptomatic cases also might come to fore.

“But this shouldn’t panic or worry people. The situation is under control and we are ready to meet any challenge,” he added.

 

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