Admin Orders Strict Action Against Red Zone Violators


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Srinagar: The district administration on Monday ordered strict action against the locals of Mala Mohalla along the Foreshore road here for violating Red Zone guidelines after a positive case was reported from the area last week.

According to an official spokesperson, the locals of Mala Mohalla neighborhood move in and out of the area in late evening and early morning hours to sell vegetables along Foreshore road posing a serious risk of transmission to people buying from them. He said there were concerns that these vegetable sellers could be carriers of the coronavirus infection.

“Despite notification of the area as containment zone and instructions for adherence to relevant guidelines repeated violations have been reported from the area necessitating passing of orders for strict actions against violators,” the official spokesperson said.

Following reports of repeated violations, the official spokesperson said that the District Magistrate Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhury today visited the area to inspect adherence to relevant guidelines.

“He issued instructions for strict adherence to guidelines and restrictions put in place in the area for containment of the disease and strict action against violators,” the official spokesperson added.

Pertinently, the area has been notified as a Covid-19 containment zone after a positive case – who is a contact of another positive case who has since died from the disease – was reported there from.

Meanwhile the district administration has appealed to the residents of the surrounding areas in particular and the people in general to beware of risks and report to the administration instances of violations and assist the administration in its efforts to contain spread of COVID-19 in the district.

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