All passengers arriving by commercial vehicles to be tested at Lakhanpur

3 die, 132 test +ve in J&K; 10 in Ladakh
Strict night curfew in Kargil as cases surge
Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU/SRINAGAR/ LEH, Dec 23: Amid surge in COVID positives as also detection of Omicron cases, the district administration Kathua today ordered mandatory testing of passengers arriving through commercial vehicles for COVID at Lakhanpur, the gateway to Jammu and Kashmir while the UT today reported three casualties and 132 cases.
Ladakh reported 10 new cases after which the district Kargil administration ordered strict night curfew in Kargil from 9 pm to 6 am.
All three COVID casualties were recorded in Kashmir division where 105 fresh cases were registered while 27 cases were reported from Jammu region.
In view of upsurge in COVID-19 cases and few Omicron cases, District Magistrate Rahul Yadav today ordered that all passengers travelling through buses, cabs, taxis and tempo travelers shall have to undergo Rapid Antigen Test for COVID-19 compulsorily at Lakhanpur irrespective of their vaccination status.
“The Nodal Officer Lakhanpur will ensure at least 30 percent RTPCR sampling of incoming passengers,” Yadav said.
Deputy Commissioner Kargil Santosh Sukhadeve today also ordered strict night curfew in Kargil from 9 pm to 6 am. He directed that all non essential travel/services shall be prohibited after 9 pm in the district.
The directions came following fresh surge in COVID cases in Kargil as out of 10 positives in Ladakh today six were reported from Kargil and four in Leh district.
Ladakh now has 196 COVID active positive cases including 151 in Leh and 45 in Kargil.
Among 27 cases in Jammu region, 23 were registered in Jammu district alone followed by two in Poonch and one each in Doda and Kishtwar districts.
As against 27 cases, 21 persons recovered from the virus leaving number of active cases in Jammu region to 344.
Meanwhile, Kashmir today reported 105 fresh positive cases of COVID-19.
Three persons who were admitted to Srinagar hospitals with comorbidity died here taking the death toll to 4,518.
Those who tested positive include 40 from Srinagar, 34 from Baramulla, 4 from Budgam, 7 from Pulwama, 5 from Kupwara, 2 from Anantnag, 8 from Bandipora and 5 from Ganderbal.
With fresh cases, the number of cases in Kashmir division has reached 314,345 including 211,048 recoveries and 2,322 deaths.
The number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir are 1,319 including 975 from Kashmir division.
With 118 more recoveries, the tally of total recoveries in Jammu and Kashmir has reached 334,456 which is 98.28 percent of the total cases.