14 deaths, highest-ever 2030 COVID cases in J&K

Market wears deserted look as night curfew enforced in Reasi town. -Excelsior/Romesh Mengi
Market wears deserted look as night curfew enforced in Reasi town. -Excelsior/Romesh Mengi

6 women among 11 die in Jammu; IAS officer, Sr doc, 23 BSF jawans, 2 KV teachers infected

102 tourist-cum-travelers test +ve in Lakhanpur, 124 at Reasi

Night curfew extended to all Distts, only 50% shops to open

Seating capacity in public transport capped at 50 pc

Sanjeev Pargal
JAMMU, Apr 20: As the Union Territory, for the first time since pandemic broke out last year in February, recorded 2030 COVID positive cases besides 14 deaths, 11 in Jammu region and three in Kashmir today, the Government covered all 20 districts under ‘Corona curfew’ from 10 pm to 6 am from present eight, restricted passengers capacity in public transport to 50 percent and ordered that only 50 percent shops will open in Market complexes/ Bazaars/ Malls within the Municipal and Urban Local Body limits on alternate basis rotation system.
Jammu region today reported 11 Corona deaths, the highest single day fatalities this year, six of whom were women and 944 cases.
“New COVID control measures: The Corona curfew at night shall be extended to all Municipal/Urban Local Body limits of all 20 districts of Jammu and Kashmir. It was already in force in eight districts earlier from 10 pm to 6 am,” Office of LG J&K Manoj Sinha announced in a series of tweets this morning.
It further announced that only 50 percent shops in Market complexes/ Bazaars /Malls within the Municipal limits/ Urban Local Body limits shall open on an alternate basis through a rotation system.
The Government has asked District Magistrates of all districts to devise a mechanism to implement the order of 50 percent opening of shops, preferably in consultations with local Market Associations.
The Government has also capped seating capacity in the public transport to 50 percent.
“Public transport including matadors, mini-buses, buses etc in J&K shall be permitted to ply only at 50 percent of the authorized seating capacity. The District Superintendents of Police shall ensure compliance to this effect,” another tweet by the Office of LG J&K said.
Later, State Executive Committee (SEC) Member-Secretary Simrandeep Singh issued detailed order in this regard.
Meanwhile, Jammu region today recorded 11 Corona casualties including nine in Jammu district and one each in Kathua and Rajouri. Six of them were women.
A 47-year-old man from Sector 8 Nanak Nagar and 60-year-old from Thathar Paloura were brought to the Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu tonight. They had COVID pneumonia and were suffering from acute respiratory distress, Medical Superintendent Dr Dara Singh said. A 48-year-old woman from Gandhi Nagar died in the GMC Jammu tonight of COVID pneumonia after eight days of hospitalization while 60-year-old man from Bahu Fort too died late tonight of COVID pneumonia and respiratory distress in the GMC Jammu.
A 35-year-old woman from village Kanhal in Bishnah tehsil of Jammu district died of COVID-19 in a private hospital here while 58-year-old female from Jagti Nagrota died of virus in the GMC Jammu. A 95-year-old woman from Mohalla Paharian, 85-year-old female from Model Town Digiana and 75-year-old woman from Panja, Rajouri also succumbed to virus and ailments.
A 55-year-old man from Sarwal in Jammu died of co-morbidities and Coronavirus in the GMC Jammu. A 60-year-old man from Ward No. 21 Kathua also died of COVID-19.
A senior IAS officer posted in the Civil Secretariat, an Associate Professor in Surgery Department of the GMC Jammu, 23 BSF jawans at Training Centre Udhampur and two Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) teachers in Kishtwar tested positive for COVID-19 today.
As many as 102 tourists-cum-travellers today tested positive for virus at Lakhanpur, the gateway to Jammu and Kashmir in Kathua district including 33 from Punjab, nine Uttar Pradesh, six Rajasthan, five Himachal Pradesh, four each New Delhi and Bihar, three Madhya Pradesh and one Maharashtra. Thirty seven positives belonged to J&K.
Meanwhile, District Magistrate Jammu Anshul Garg today declared three more micro-Containment Zones after COVID positive cases were reported from there.
The Zones include Adarsh Enclave to Parveen Colony in Trikuta Nagar, area in and around Sai Mandir in Talab Tillo and Lower Barnai.
Garg also announced rotational opening of shops in Jammu district.
Restrictions will come into force from April 21, he said.
Jammu region today recorded highest ever 944 COVID positive cases and Jammy district continued to account for more than 50 percent with 501 new positives.
Reasi district also witnessed single day spike with 143 cases, the majority if them 124 being tourist and travellers, who were tested positive for the virus at Katra Railway Station. Majority of these tourists are either being sent back after testing positive or lodged in the COVID Care Centres.
COVID cases in other districts include 81 Udhampur, 54 Kathua, 37 Poonch, 34 Rajouri, 32 Ramban, 30 Samba, 19 Kishtwar and 13 in Doda.
As against 944 positives, only 177 persons recovered from the virus including 123 in Jammu district, 24 Samba, 14 Udhampur, nine Kathua, five Rajouri and one each in Doda and Poonch districts.
Jammu region now has 60296 Corona cases and number of active positives has gone up to 5575 while 53950 persons have recovered from the virus.
The Union Territory of Ladakh today reported 175 fresh COVID positives cases—173 in Leh and two in Kargil district.
The UT’s Corona count has reached 12306. Among them, 1699 are active positives while 10474 have recovered from the virus and there have been 133 casualties-89 in Leh and 44 in Kargil.