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COVID-19: 8 areas of Srinagar declared micro containment zones

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J&K logs 109 fresh cases, 2 virus-related deaths

Srinagar: In view of rapid increase in Covid-19 positive case in Srinagar district, the District administration has declared eight more areas as micro containment zones under the medical zones of Batamaloo, Zadibal, S.R Gunj and Khanyar to prevent spread of infection in the district.

According to an official press release, the areas include Milatabad Peerbagh, near Islamic Public School and Noorani Colony Peerbagh in Medical Zone Batamaloo; Upper Soura, near Petrol Pump; Bilal Colony Soura, near Bilal Masjid, and Bota Kadal near Darul ul Uloom Bilaliya in Medical Zone Zadibal; Zaina Kadal near Gagar Masjid in Medical Zone S R Gunj, and Buchwara and Batwara areas in Khanyar Medical Zone in the district.

In this regard, the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad, who is also the Chairman District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), has said the recent spike in Covid-19 positive cases has prompted the district administration to take the step for protection of precious lives.

The DC said that Srinagar administration is mulling localised lock-down in some specific areas of the city in case the positive cases do not decrease.

He said that Srinagar has witnessed a spike in Covid cases in the past one week, prompting the administration to declare some areas in the city as containment zones.

Giving details, the DC said out of total active Covid-19 positive cases in J&K, about half of them come from Srinagar district only. While other than Srinagar district, cases reported from 19 other districts are either in single digit or no case at all.

“Currently there are 476 active Covid-19 positive cases in Srinagar district only out of total 981cases in J&K,” the DC added. He said currently, there are 82 containment zones in Srinagar, eight of which were added today

The DC further said if people don’t follow safety protocols, then Srinagar could be the reason behind the start of the third wave in J&K.

He appealed to the people to follow Covid SOPs in letter and spirit and avoid large gatherings.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir on Friday reported 109 fresh cases of COVID-19 while two more persons succumbed to the viral disease in the last 24 hours, officials said.

They said of the fresh cases, 98 were reported from Kashmir and 11 from Jammu division, while one each death was reported from the two regions of the Union Territory.

Moreover, 79 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and were discharged from various hospitals, including 71 from Kashmir and eight from Jammu division, officials said.

They also said that no new case of mucormycosis (black fungus) was reported today.

On vaccination, the daily media bulletin on novel coronavirus informed that 68,597 doses of COVID vaccine were administered in the last 24 hours bringing the cumulative number of doses administered across J&K so far to 1,50,28,486.

According to the bulletin, out of 3,32,760 positive cases recorded cumulatively thus far, currently there are 1,009 active positive cases across J&K, including 886 in Kashmir and 123 in Jammu division, while as 3,27,311 persons have recovered and 4,440 have died – 2,263 in Kashmir and 2,177 in Jammu division.

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