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‘Corona curfew’ extended till May 31 in J&K

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Saturday extended till May 31 the curfew imposed across the union territory to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The restrictions were scheduled to end on May 24.

“Corona Curfew imposed in all 20 distts (districts) of J&K till 7 am on Monday, 24/5/21 is extended further till 7 am on Monday, 31/5/21. Curfew will be strict except for a few essential services. DCs (Deputy Commissioners) being given limited flexibility to ensure economic activities do not suffer,” the Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) said in a tweet on its official handle.

Jammu and Kashmir on Friday recorded 3,848 fresh COVID-19 cases that took its tally to 2,63,905, while 43 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 3,465, officials said.

Earlier on April 29, the Jammu and Kashmir administration imposed curfew in 11 districts in a bid to tackle the surge in COVID-19 cases, which was subsequently extended to all the 20 districts the next day.

The UT also witnessed a 34-hour curfew from 8 pm on April 24 till April 26.

On April 08, night curfew was imposed from 10 pm to 6 am in the urban areas of eight districts, which was extended to the municipal and urban local body limits of all the 20 districts on April 20.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday recorded 3,408 fresh COVID-19 cases, raising the tally to 2,67,313, while 48 more deaths pushed the fatality count to 3,513 in the union territory, officials said.

Of the fresh cases, 2,157 were reported from the Kashmir Valley and 1,251 from the Jammu division, they said.

The officials said Srinagar district recorded the highest of 509 cases, followed by 490 in Jammu district and 273 in Budgam district.

The number of active cases in the UT is 49,136, while 2,14,664 patients have recovered so far, they said.

The death toll due to the pandemic rose to 3,513 as 48 more patients — 30 from Jammu division and 18 in Kashmir Valley — died in the past 24 hours, the officials said.

They said during this period, 4117 COVID-19 patients have recovered and have been discharged from various hospitals, including 1623 from Jammu division and 2494 from Kashmir Valley.

According to the daily media bulletin on novel coronavirus (Covid-19), out of 26,7,313 positive cases cumulatively recorded thus far, currently there are 49,136 positive cases across the UT while 2,14,664 have recovered and 3513 have died — 1844 in Kashmir Valley and 1669 in Jammu division.

The bulletin further said that out of 81,88,640 test results available, 79,21,327 samples have tested negative till May 22, 2021.

It said till date 20,18,101 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 74,102 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 49,136 in isolation and 1,33,759 in home surveillance. Besides, 17,57,591 persons have completed their surveillance period.

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