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1,141 fresh coronavirus cases push active cases in J&K past 10,000-mark

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8 localities declared micro-containment zones in Baramulla

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday recorded 1,141 new coronavirus infections that pushed the number of active cases in the union territory past the 10,000-mark for the first time this year, officials said.

With the fresh cases, Jammu and Kashmir’s cumulative tally has risen to 1,42,877. The death toll climbed to 2,046 with four new fatalities, they said.

Of the fresh cases, 707 were reported from the Kashmir division and 434 from the Jammu division.

The officials said Srinagar district recorded the highest number of fresh cases at 418, including 71 travellers, followed by 215 in Jammu and 136 in Baramulla.

The number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir stands at 10,040, while 13,0971 patients have recovered so far, they said.

In view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the union territory, the administration has cancelled the ongoing board examinations for Class 10.

Meanwhile, authorities on Thursday declared eight localities in north Kashmir’s Baramulla as micro containment zones in view of COVID-19 infections reported there.

As per an order issued by Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Bhupinder Kumar in this regard, the localities comprise Khwaja Bagh (Lower Petrol Pump to Jetty Road), Chak Kanispora, Sangri Colony, Kanli Bagh, Dewan Bagh, Delina (Qazi Mohalla, Rawatpora,  Delina Ghat and Milat Colony), Sherwani Colony and Lone Mohalla Ferozpora.

It said the localities shall be under strict lockdown except for essential services even as the residents will have to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing in a bid to contain further disease spread and monitoring the virus chain.

The residents have been asked to contact the control room numbers 0195222343 and 7006493646 in case of medical emergencies.

The DC has mandated concerned Tehsildars for the overall supervision of the infection zones while concerned BMOs have been asked to depute teams for COVID-19 sampling.

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