J-K reports 453 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths , Six-day lockdown in Kashmir Valley

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday recorded 453 new coronavirus cases which pushed its infection count to 15,711, while 10 fresh fatal...


Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday recorded 453 new coronavirus cases which pushed its infection count to 15,711, while 10 fresh fatalities raised the death toll to 273, officials said.

"Ten persons, who were COVID-19 positive, have died over the past 24 hours in Jammu and Kashmir," they said, adding all the deaths took place in the Valley.

The death toll of coronavirus infected persons in the union territory has now risen to 273, -- 253 in the valley and 20 in the Jammu region, the officials said.

The union territory recorded 453 new COVID-19 cases during the past 24 hours, they said.

While 101 of these new cases were from the Jammu region, 352 were from Kashmir, they added.

There are now 6,831 active cases in the union territory, while 8,607 patients have recovered from the infection, the officials said.

The cases detected on Wednesday included 33 persons who had returned to the union territory recently, they said.

The officials said Srinagar district in central Kashmir recorded the highest of 165 new positive cases, followed by 62 in Kulgam district.

The total number of infected persons in Jammu and Kashmir has risen to 15,711.

Six-day lockdown in Kashmir Valley to stem COVID-19 spread

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has imposed a six-day complete lockdown across Kashmir Valley, except for Bandipora district, following a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the last three weeks, officials said on Wednesday

The decision comes into effect on Wednesday evening and will be reviewed after six days, they said as the Valley recorded 502 fresh cases

Agriculture, horticulture and construction activities will continue in accordance with disaster management guidelines. The movement of goods carriers, LPG and oil tankers will also continue unhindered

"Complete lockdown in all Red districts (excluding Bandipora) of Kmr (Kashmir)? Div (Division) from today evening till 6 am on 27-7-2020," the Jammu and Kashmir administration's Department of Information and Public Relations said on Twitter.

The Valley counts for 243 deaths of the total 263 reported in the union territory.

According to Union Health Ministry figures on Wednesday, the number of cases in Jammu and Kashmir has risen to 15,258, up from 7,497 on June 30.

The Valley has 5,263 active cases of the 6,540 in the union territory

The highest single day spike was on Monday when 751 COVID-19 cases were recorded.

-Source: News Agency 

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