The Jammu and Kashmir government on Sunday lifted weekend curfew, with further easing of restrictions owing to significant improvement in the Covid-19 situation. However, night curfew will continue to remain in force in all districts from 8 pm to 7 am, an official order said.
Chief Secretary A K Mehta said the decision was taken at a meeting of the State Executive Committee (SEC) with a focus on total weekly new cases (per million), positivity rate, bed occupancy, case fatality rate and vaccination coverage of the targeted population.
“It was observed that as compared to the previous weeks, significant improvement has been made by all districts in respect of the above parameters. However, there is need to continue with some of existing Covid containment measures in all the districts in view of the uneven trend in the daily Covid cases,” the official order said.
Extending the ongoing restrictions till further orders, the SEC, however, announced relaxation in all the districts on account of significant improvements in the Covid-situation.
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“There shall be no weekend curfew in any districts,” the order said.
In addition, public and private educational institutions are permitted to seek personal attendance of limited vaccinated staff for administrative purposes. The maximum number of people permitted to attend indoor/outdoor gatherings shall be restricted to 25.
Deputy Commissioners have been ordered to take up panchayat-level mapping and data capturing for tracking Covid-positive cases on a weekly basis.
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On Sunday, Jammu and Kashmir reported 166 new cases of Covid-19, which took the infection tally to 3,20,657. No fatalities occurred in the last 24 hours. Out of the fresh cases, 34 were from the Jammu division and 132 from the Kashmir division of the union territory.
The number of active Covid-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir dropped to 1,288, while 3,14,995 patients have recovered so far.