Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government issued a fresh order imposing a weekend curfew in the union territory and extending the existing COVID-19 restrictions till further orders. In its order, the government said there would be a “complete ban on non-essential movement” across Jammu and Kashmir during the weekend.
The decision was taken by the State Executive Committee (SEC), chaired by Chief Secretary AK Mehta on Friday, upholding the already issued restrictions for COVID-19 including night curfew in schools and colleges and online mode of teaching. went.
Following the weekly review of the COVID-19 situation, the SEC also noted that in view of the “disproportionate trend” observed in the daily COVID easing as well as the increasing positivity rate, in addition to the continuation of the existing COVID containment measures in all districts, additional measures is required.
The review was conducted to assess the overall situation related to the spread of COVID-19 in J&K, especially the total weekly new cases (per million), total positivity rate, bed occupancy, case fatality rate, vaccination of target population Focusing on parameters like coverage, extent of compliance with COVID-appropriate behaviour.
However, the order states that passengers arriving in the Union Territory by air, rail and road will not be required to undergo RT-PCR or rapid antigen test on arrival. If they have a valid and verifiable final certificate report of COVID-19 vaccination or a valid verifiable negative RT-PCR report within 72 hours of arrival. “RT-PCR or RAT COVID tests shall be conducted on passengers arriving by air, rail and road,” the order said.
The SEC reiterated the continuation of certain exemptions such as the participation of 25 persons in any indoor or outdoor event, up to 25 immunized persons or 25 per cent of the authorized capacity, whichever is less, preferably in open spaces in banquet halls.
The order said that cinema halls, theatres, multiplexes, restaurants, clubs, gymnasiums and swimming pools are also allowed to continue their operations at 25 per cent of the authorized capacity, as per CAB and SOPs.
It also said that intra-state movement of passenger vehicles of State Road Transport Corporation and private buses will be allowed for fully vaccinated people whose verifiable RT-PCR report exceeds 72 hours or on-spot RAT test. Not there. It said that after vaccination, people would be allowed to enter the parks after due verification.
Jammu and Kashmir witnessed 2,456 fresh Covid infections on Friday, the highest single-day increase this year, reaching 3,52,623.
first published:Jan. 15, 2022, 9:43 a.m.