Hotspot Srinagar, Lockdown In Some Areas Likely

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Srinagar: Taking note of sharp spike in daily coronavirus positive cases in this capital city, the district administration on Friday declared eight more areas here as micro containment zones (MCZs) while warning of a lockdown in specific areas, if the positivity rate doesn’t decline.

In view of rapid increase in Covid-19 positive case in Srinagar, the district administration declared 8 more areas as micro containment zones under Medical zones of Batamaloo, Zadibal, S.R Gunj and Khanyar to prevent spread of infection in the district, an official spokesperson said Friday.

Giving more details, he said, the areas include Milat Abad, Peerbagh, near Islamic Public School and Noorani Colony Peerbagh in Medical Zone Batamaloo, Upper Soura, near Petrol Pump, Bilal Colony Soura, near Bilal Masjid and Bota Kadal, near Darul ul Uloom Bilaliya in Medical Zone Zadibal, Zaina Kadal near Gagar Masjid in Medical Zone S R Gunj and Buchwara and Batwara areas in Khanyar Medical Zone in the district.

Quoting Deputy Commissioner, Mohammad Aijaz Asad, the official spokesperson said that the recent spike in Covid-19 positive cases has prompted the administration to take the step for protection of precious lives.

He said that Asad, who is also the Chairman District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), has said the administration is mulling for localised lock-down in some specific areas of city, if the number of positive cases do not decrease.

“He further said that Srinagar has witnessed a spike in Covid cases in the past one week, prompting the administration to declare some areas in the city as containment zones,” the official spokesperson said.

Asad, he said, gave the details and stated that out of total active Covid-19 positive cases in J&K, about half of them come from Srinagar district only. While other than Srinagar District, cases reported from 19 other districts are either in single digit or no case at all.

“There are 476 active Covid-19 positive cases in only Srinagar district out of total 981cases in J&K”, Asad said, adding that currently, there are 82 containment zones in Srinagar, 8 of which were added today.

According to the official spokesperson, the DC further said if people don’t follow safety protocols, then Srinagar could be the reason behind the start of the third wave in J&K.

“He appealed to the people to follow Covid SOPs in letter and spirit and avoid large gatherings,” he added.

2 More Covid Deaths, 109 New Cases
Meanwhile Coronavirus claimed the lives of two more people in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday while 109 fresh cases of the virus were reported during the last 24 hours.

According to officials, two more people succumbed to the deadly infection in Jammu and Kashmir divisions on Friday, taking the fatality count to 4440—2177 in Jammu and 2263 in Kashmir.

Of the new cases, officials said, 98 were reported from Kashmir Valley and the remaining 11 from Jammu division.

Giving district wise details, the officials said that Srinagar reported highest 64 cases, Baramulla 12, Budgam 8, Kupwara 7, Ganderbal 3, Kulgam and Bandipora two each cases of coronavirus. No cases were reported from Shopian, Anantnag and Pulwama districts in south Kashmir.

In the winter capital, the officials said, Jammu reported a maximum of nine cases and one each in Udhampur and Rajouri. Doda, Kathua, Samba, Kishtwar, Poonch, Ramban and Reasi registered no new cases of Covid-19.

“Moreover, 79 Covid-19 patients recovered during the time, eight from Jammu Division and 71 from Kashmir,” they said.

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