Srinagar, May 8: Normal life remained affected in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday for the tenth day running due to lockdown in the wake of record surge in coronavirus cases, officials said.
Police and paramilitary forces put barricades on roads at many places in Srinagar as well as in other district headquarters of the Valley and the Jammu region to prevent the movement of people. However, essential and emergency services are allowed, the officials added.
Most of the shops, and other business establishments remained shut while public transport was off the roads.
In view of the alarming surge in daily cases across the Kashmir Valley, Police also enhanced the efforts to implement the Covid-19 guidelines, SOPs and restrictions strictly throughout the valley, a police spokesman said.
“During last 24hrs, Police has arrested 106 persons, lodged 58 FIRs and also realized fine to the tune of Rs 91,150 from 602 people for violating the guidelines/rules throughout Kashmir valley,” the police spokesman said in a statement.
Besides, he said 29 vehicles were also seized in Budgam, Sopore and Baramulla for violating guidelines and restrictions and indulging in illegal excavation and transportation of minerals
On Tuesday, the authorities extended ‘corona curfew’ till May 10 in five districts of J&K including Srinagar and Jammu.
“In view of the trend in COVID positive cases, the positivity rate and the cases per million, the Corona Curfew in the 4 districts of Srinagar, Baramulla, Budgam and Jammu which is there till 7 am on Thursday, 6 May 2021, will stand extended till 6 am on Monday, 10 May 2021,” government had said. Many other districts also extended the curfew till Monday morning.