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DDMA orders complete lockdown in Srinagar till May 31

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Srinagar: The District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) Srinagar has directed for complete lockdown in Srinagar till May 31. The direction follows a review of the ground situation and in light of guidelines as laid down for COVID-19 containment zones, an official press release informed.

District Magistrate and Chairman DDMA Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary issuing orders in this regard said the decision to impose complete lockdown has been taken in view of serious violations seen in various areas during the last one week. He said the prevailing situation due to COVID-19 and the need to prevent waste of effort made so far for containment of the disease has also necessitated the need to enforce strict lockdown for more time.

The decision was taken in a marathon meeting of the DDMA discussing the overall situation surrounding COVID-19 and various aspects thereof in the district. The meeting held a comprehensive review of the situation on ground, status of red zones, active cases, surveillance, influx of travellers from other states and abroad, security measures and other aspects.

SSP Srinagar Dr Haseeb Mughal who also attended the meeting said an elaborate plan has been prepared to enforce strict lockdown in the district. He highlighted different kinds of security measures put in place to enforce the lockdown. He underlined the importance of cooperation from the public and urged one and all to understand the gravity of the situation and support the authorities to implement the lockdown. He also pointed out the steps taken to facilitate emergencies and essential services in the past.

The meeting also discussed the ongoing COVID-19 testing which has been enhanced and expedited in the district over the last three weeks. Chief Medical Officer while briefing the meeting about the status of sampling and testing informed that Srinagar has crossed the 10,000 mark.

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