J-K administration extends Covid-19 unlock protocol by a month | Latest News India - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

J-K administration extends Covid-19 unlock protocol by a month

Hindustan Times, Srinagar | ByAshiq Hussain
Dec 30, 2020 07:16 PM IST

The decision to extend the unlock protocol came after a few cases of mutant coronavirus which was first reported in the UK, were found among passengers who have returned to India from that country.

Amid reports of mutant coronavirus cases in some parts of the country, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday extended the Covid-19 unlock measures by one month.

A health worker collects a nasal sample from a woman for Covid-19 test in Jammu.(PTI)
A health worker collects a nasal sample from a woman for Covid-19 test in Jammu.(PTI)

The state executive Committee (SEC) issued the order after the union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, as chairperson national executive committee, on Monday issued guidelines for the implementation of extended lockdown in containment zones and continuation of unlock guidelines outside containment zones till January 31, 2021.

Hindustan Times - your fastest source for breaking news! Read now.

“As such..., the SEC hereby orders that the guidelines, instructions issued vide JK govt’s order 91 and 92 dated 29 November, 2020 shall continue to remain valid till 31-01-2021,” the SEC said in an order.

It said that all the existing protocols and instructions shall continue to remain valid till January 31,2021.

The instructions came after a few cases of mutant coronavirus which was first reported in the UK, were found among passengers who have returned to India from that country.

Meanwhile Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) sounded an alert on Wednesday and urged health authorities in Kashmir to prepare for the potential spread of the new strain of Covid-19 in the valley.

“New Covid-19 strain is knocking on our door. We need to be prepared and alert,” said DAK President and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan.

“The new variant is on the move and it can sneak in anytime,” he said.

“We have to prepare in advance to deal with the virus. Advance planning and preparedness is critical to help mitigate the impact of any eventuality.”

“We need to intensify surveillance activities and gear up hospitals to prevent an outbreak,” Dr Nisar said.

“The best way to prevent the virus is to stop it from coming in as once the virus enters the community it is difficult to control it.”

Covid-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir have been showing a decline for the past few months after peaking in September.

On December 29, the Covid-19 tally in Jammu and Kashmir stood at 1,20,527 including 1,879 fatalities.

Unveiling 'Elections 2024: The Big Picture', a fresh segment in HT's talk show 'The Interview with Kumkum Chadha', where leaders across the political spectrum discuss the upcoming general elections. Watch Now!

Get Updates on India News, Farmers Protest Live alongwith the Latest News and Top Headlines from India and around the the world.
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Friday, February 23, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On