Seven villages of this southern Kashmir district were on Sunday declared locked down after a person who tested positive for the COVID19 revealed he travelled to the habitations and met several people.
An official said 87 persons had met the infected persons indifferent mosques of the villages. They all have been quarantined at differentgovernment-run centers.
The district magistrate Pulwama declared seven villagesPinglena, Gudoora, Khaigam, Abhama, Sangarwani, Parigam, and Chandgam as red zone.
"The infected person stayed in Gudoora on March 20 andlater traveled to Chandgam and stayed there from March 3 to 24," said theofficial.
Later, the infected persons and his close associatestravelled to other villages, said the official.
"Keeping in view, the movement of the person and hisclose associates, all these villageswere declared as red zone as the villages have become vulnerable fortransmission of COVID 19," the official said.
He said there was possibility of mass contact by the personduring his travel in different village.
He said all villages of Rajpora and Pulwama tehsils havebeen declared as "buffer zone."
"There shall be no inwards and outwards movement of anyperson in these villages. People should stay indoors and there shall be acomplete lockdown" the order reads.
The authorities have also banned vehicular movement onPulwama-Chakoora, Pulwama-Rajpora andNewa-Pinglena roads.