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7 villages in Pulwama declared red zones to prevent spread of COVID-19

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Pulwama: District Magistrate Pulwama Sunday issued order declaring seven villages in the district as falling in the “red zone” category.

The villages falling in the red zone category include Khaigam, Sangerwani,  Abhama villages of Tehsil Rajpora and Gudoora, Chandgam, Pinglena and Parigam of Tehsil Pulwama. The adjoining villages of these tehsils have been declared buffer zones for the safety and well-being of general public, the order said.

Invoking prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC, Disaster Management Act and the Epidemic Disease Act, District Magistrate Pulwama said that there would be no inward and outward movement of any person from the villages declared red zones and the people would stay in their homes to ensure complete lockdown.

According to an order issued by the District Magistrate, a person hailing from district who attended a religious congregation at Gudura has tested positive for COVID-19, has moved to various villages including his native village Khaigam.

The order further reads that there would be no vehicular movement on the Pulwama-Chakoora ,Newa – Parigam and Pulwama-Keller  road.

The district officials said, “the area has become more vulnerable as far as further transmission of the COVID-19 virus is concerned. It is necessary to break further transmission of the disease in the area and it becomes imperative to take stringent precautionary measures like declaring concerned villages  as red zones and other villages of  Tehsil Pulwama and Tehsil Rajpora as a buffer zone.”

DM directed the officials concerned to ensure supply of essential commodities as per laid down protocols in the villages covering both local residents and outside labourers and warned of stern action against anyone who tries to violate orders.

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