Lecturer, man who deserted hospital, 5 women among 12 more lives lost to COVID in Jammu

84-hour lockdown in 11 distts from 7 pm today
Youth dies, 140 new cases in Ladakh
Sanjeev Pargal
JAMMU, Apr 28: The Government today imposed 84-hour lockdown in 11 districts beginning 7 pm Thursday till 7 am Monday as the Union Territory recorded single-day highest 31 Corona casualties and 3023 fresh cases including 12 deaths and 989 positives in the Jammu region.
An 84-hour lockdown will be imposed in 11 districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday evening in a bid to tackle the surge in COVID-19 cases.
The lockdown will come into effect at 7 pm on Thursday and remain in force till 7 am on Monday, officials said.
The districts which will be under Corona curfew are Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramulla, Budgam, Kulgam, Pulwama, Ganderbal, Jammu, Kathua, Reasi and Udhampur.
The detailed orders under the Disaster Management Act listing out prohibitions and permissible activities will be issued by the Deputy Commissioners.
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The district administration Jammu tonight said essential services only will be exempted from the purview of lockdown.
Last week, the UT administration had announced a 34-hour curfew from 8 pm on Saturday.
On April 8, a night curfew from 10 pm to 6 am was imposed in the urban areas of eight districts. It was later extended to the Municipal and Urban Local Body limits of all the 20 districts of the UT from 8 pm to 6 am.
Twelve Corona fatalities in the Jammu region include a Government lecturer and an elderly man from Rajouri who ran away from the hospital after being advised to get admission and died enroute.
Five casualties were reported in Jammu district, three Samba, two Rajouri and one each in Poonch and Kathua. Significantly, five were purely COVID deaths as the deceased had no co-morbidities. Five victims were women.
A 50-year-old Lecturer from Vijaypur in Samba district posted at Doda died of COVID-19 in the Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu while a 65-year-old man hailing from village Dhanore in Rajouri ran away from the hospital in Rajouri after being advised admission. He died enroute and was later shifted to the district for burial as per COVID protocol.
A 45-year-old woman from Krishna Nagar and 62-year-old man from Trikuta Nagar lost their battle to the COVID in the GMC Jammu and ASCOMS Sidhra respectively. A 52-year-old man from Near Temple Gym Shastri Nagar was brought dead to the GMC Jammu. He was positive for the virus while 54-year-old woman from Bharat Nagar Talab Tillo and 62-year-old female from Channi Himmat died of COVID-19 at ASCOMS Sidhra and GMC Jammu respectively.
Two more COVID fatalities in Samba district include a 55-year-old woman from Nanak Chack, who breathed her last in the GMC Jammu due to multiple ailments and virus and 68-year-old man from Rangoor who passed away at MCH Wingh.
An 80-year-old woman from Sherkotla Logate Kathua died of virus and co-morbidities in the GMC Kathua while 85-year-old man from Rajouri succumbed in the GMC Jammu.
Twelve deaths have taken Jammu region’s Corona toll to 855, the highest being 459 in Jammu district followed by 65 in Doda, 63 each in Udhampur and Rajouri, 60 Kathua, 49 Samba, 33 Poonch, 23 Ramban, 22 Kishtwar and 18 in Reasi district.
District Magistrate Rajouri Rajesh Kumar Shavan today capped the limit of guests in marriage functions at 50 contradicting the State Executive Committee (SEC) which has fixed limit at 50 in indoor functions and 100 in outdoors. He laid another condition that the host will have to intimate Executive Magistrate about the function three days in advance with a copy to nearest Police Station/Police Post.
The Prisons Department today ordered suspension of physical meetings of jail inmates with their relatives till further orders. However, sources said, the Department will facilitate meetings between prisoners and their relations through telephones.
Meanwhile, 92 tourist-cum-travelers tested positive for the virus at Lakhanpur, the entry point to Jammu and Kashmir, in Kathua district today. Majority of positives, 35, were from Punjab, nine from Uttar Pradesh, five Bihar, three Haryana, New Delhi and Ladakh two each and Nepal and Assam one each. Thirty four positives hailed from J&K.
Twenty five tourist-cum-travelers tested positive for the virus in Reasi district, mainly at Katra.
Among 989 COVID positive cases reported in Jammu region today, Jammu district continued to account for more than 50 percent with 499 positives followed by 90 in Rajouri, 87 Kathua, 71 Ramban, 61 Udhampur, 56 Reasi, 50 Samba, 27 Doda, 26 Poonch and 22 in Kishtwar district.
As many as 306 COVID patients recovered from the virus today, 200 of them in Jammu district alone, 50 Kathua, 47 Udhampur, four Samba, three Doda and two in Rajouri district.
Jammu region’s Corona cases have gone up to 67328 and active positives to 9518. While 56955 patients have recovered, 855 have died of the virus.
Meanwhile, the Union Territory of Ladakh today reported one Corona casualty and 140 new positive cases.
A 26-year-old youth from Jharkhand, who had come to Leh for work, succumbed to Coronavirus at MIMC Hospital Choglamsar in Leh taking the UT’s death toll to 139—95 in Leh and 44 in Kargil.
Among 140 new cases, 129 were recorded in Leh district and 11 in Kargil.
Ladakh now has 13642 Corona cases including 1703 active positives and 11800 recoveries.
District Magistrate Leh Shrikant Balasaheb Suse today declared White House, Lachumir Complex, Spituk as micro-Containment Zones after COVID positive cases were detected there.