A deserted view of City Center Lalchowk during a weekend curfew imposed in Srinagar, Kashmir amid a countrywide spike in coronavirus cases.
A deserted view of City Center Lalchowk during a weekend curfew imposed in Srinagar, Kashmir amid a countrywide spike in coronavirus cases.
Photo by Sajad Hameed

Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in Srinagar, the Depty Commissioner of district has imposed Section 144 CrPc within the municipal limits of the district to contain further spread of the infection. Besides, assembly of five or more persons is banned with immediate effect in the district.

Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday recorded its highest single-day spike of 3,164 COVID-19 cases, which took the tally to 1,66,054, while 25 fatalities over the last 24 hours took the toll to 2,197, officials said. Out of the fresh cases, 1,030 were from the Jammu division and 2,134 from the Kashmir division of the union territory, they said.

The officials said Srinagar district recorded the highest of 1,144 cases, followed by 489 in Jammu district and 197 in Baramulla district.

The number of active cases has reached 22,283 in the union territory, while 1,41,574 patients have recovered so far, the officials said. The death toll in the union territory due to the pandemic rose to 2,197 as 25 fresh deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

Besides, the J&K administration is setting up additional beds in Srinagar to deal with the surge in Covid cases. The Haj House and Indoor Stadium are among the buildings which have been notified as Covid care isolation centres in Srinagar.

The administration has augmented 1,300 additional beds in Srinagar and says there is scope to add another 8,000 in just two days.

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