To minimise movement, admin decides to strictly enforce curfew from Monday

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Jammu: UT administration on Sunday said that only the “barest minimum’’ essential services will be allowed during the week lone curfew period beginning Monday morning so as to “minimize movement’’.

An order issued by UT Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam, who also happens to be the Chairman of the State Executive Committee of the Disaster Management, Relief Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, said the in view of the prevailing rising trend of the COVID-19 infection in J&K, the Corona curfew which was to end on May 17 morning has now been extended till May 24 morning in all the 20 district including rural areas. “The curfew shall be strict except for essential/emergency services/movement/work and scheduled marriages upto permissible gathering norms which shall remain exempted,’’ it said.

The permitted essential services will be limited to “barest minimum’’ and “not too expansive’’ in order to minimize movement, it added.

Pointing out that no patients shall be denied admission to a hospital or treatment facility just because they donot have a covid positive test result, it asked all the Deputy Commissioners to activate all the 20,000 COVID Care Centre beds in districts for admitting COVID positive patients with no or mild symptoms and who cannot do home isolation. Further CCCs will be opened closer to rural areas. Health department will work out feasibility of providing some of these CCC beds with oxygen support.