Covid-19: Curbs imposed in Srinagar parts, other Kashmir areas

Authorities on Thursday placed restrictions on the movement of people in several areas of Srinagar and Budgam districts as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of novel Coronavirus disease.

The restrictions were imposed a day after a 67-year-old woman from Khanyar area of Srinagar, who had returned on March 16 from Saudi Arabia after performing Umrah, tested positive for covid-19.

News agency GNS reported that barricades and concertina wires have been erected at many places in downtown Srinagar and on the roads that lead towards the old city.

Reports said that restrictions have been also imposed in several areas of central Kashmir’s Budgam district in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus. 

Restrictions imposed in Natipora.

In a series of tweets, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary urged people to cooperate, underlining that the restrictions on public gatherings, assembly and movement in many areas are aimed at avoiding the spread of any likely cases of covid-19. “Pl (please) cooperate,” he said.  

He also urged all residents who might have come in contact with the COVID-19 positive case in Srinagar to report to their nearest health facilities or contact control room at 2457552 or 2457543 or 9419028251 or 9419028242 or 9419014723.”This is urgent and cannot be ignored,” he said.

“It’s important that people who come in contact with #Coronavirus positive case(s) should immediately report to the nearest health facility or our 24×7 control room.”