Curfew-like restrictions remain imposed in Srinagar to combat Coronavirus

20-03-2020

Srinagar, Curfew-like restrictions remained imposed for the second successive day on Friday to contain the spread of Coronavirus in the summer capital, Srinagar, which witnessed its first positive case on Wednesday.As many as 21 medical teams on Thursday held house-to-house inspections and collected data in and around the area in which the woman, who tested positive for Coronavirus, lives in Khanayar in downtown Srinagar.Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary said that strict restrictions would be imposed on Friday on public gatherings, assembly and movement in Srinagar. 'No public movement or activity will be allowed anywhere in the district. Only government officials with valid IDs will be allowed to move,' he said.

He said agencies concerned have been directed to ensure strict enforcement of restrictions across the district. 'Strict action will be taken against violators of the order. Government officials have been asked to ensure no one is found ferried in their vehicles,' he added.Many roads in downtown, uptown and civil lines were sealed with barbed wires while security forces were directing people to remain indoors in these areas, asserting that curfew was imposed since early this morning.'Security forces were making announcement through loudspeakers, directing people to remain indoors in view of curfew imposed in the district,' Ghulam Nabi, a resident of Rajbagh, told UNI over the phone.
Similar reports about the announcements were coming from other parts of the district. Shops and business establishments were closed and even the milkmen were not allowed to come into Srinagar from other districts.

The main Nallahmar road from Tarabal Nawa Kadal to Khanyar crossing remained closed for any vehicular movement. Security forces have closed the main roads in downtown with barbed wires at Nawa Kadal, Rajouri Kadal, Kawdara and Khanyar. Similar road blocks remained erected by security forces at Nowhatta, Rangar stop and Gojwara.Road connecting uptown Srinagar with civil lines was blocked with barbed wire at Natipora, where even pedestrians were also not allowed to move forward. Shops and business establishments were closed in Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of Srinagar and other parts of civil lines.An elderly woman, who had recently returned from Saudi Arabia, became the first person to be tested positive for coronavirus in Kashmir valley.

Mr Chaudhary said it's important that people who come in contact with Coronavirus positive case(s) should immediately report to nearest health facility or our 24×7 control room. 'Rumours and unverified information shared on social media will certainly attract strict action. Let's act like responsible citizens. Every information /advisory will be shared officially. Srinagar Coronavirus,' he added. J&K administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal on Wednesday said first positive case was detected from Khanyar, Srinagar. 'History of foreign travel. Arrived on 16/3/2020. Put in Isolation. Surveillance started in 300m area. Request all to cooperate. Also Immediately self report any symptoms,' Mr Kansal wrote on twitter.