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By Firdaus Ali
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday extended till May 24 the curfew imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus in the Union Territory.
“The Corona Curfew imposed in all 20 distts (districts) of J&K till 7 am on Monday, 17/5/21 is extended further till 7 am on Monday, 24/5/21. The curfew will be strict except for a few essential services,” the Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) said in a tweet on its official handle on Saturday.
The curfew imposed by the administration across the UT was scheduled to end on May 17.
Meanwhile, police on Saturday claimed to have arrested 137 persons, filed 70 FIRs and also realized a fine of Rs 128,480 from 874 people for violating the Covid-19 guidelines throughout Kashmir valley during the last 24 hours. Besides, 6 vehicles were also seized in Bandipora for violating guidelines, restrictions, a police spokesperson said.
In Ganderbal district, he said, 12 shops were sealed on the spot after being found open in violation of lockdown.
On April 29, the Jammu and Kashmir administration imposed curfew in 11 districts in a bid to tackle the surge in COVID-19 cases, which was subsequently extended to all the 20 districts the next day.
The UT also witnessed a 34-hour curfew from 8 pm on April 24 till April 26.
On April 8, night curfew was imposed from 10 pm to 6 am in the urban areas of eight districts, which was extended to the municipal and urban local body limits of all the 20 districts in the UT on April 20.
Curbs Continue for 17th Day
The lockdown imposed in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of an alarming surge in coronavirus cases entered the 17th day on Saturday as the normal life remained affected in most areas of the union territory, officials said.
Markets remained shut and public transport was off the roads, the officials said.
However, private cars were seen plying in some areas of the city here and other district headquarters in the valley and the Jammu region, they said.
The officials said while the restrictions on the movement and assembly of people continued to remain in force, the curbs were not strict.
Several roads have been sealed by security forces and barricades have been put at many places in the city here as well as in other district headquarters of the valley to prevent the movement of people.
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