2 deaths, 148 new cases in J&K

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HT SPOTLIGHT - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

SRINAGAR:: Jammu and Kash­mir on Satur­day re­ported two more fa­tal­i­ties due to Covid-19 and 148 more peo­ple tested pos­i­tive for the virus, tak­ing the to­tal num­ber of cases to 4,878, of­fi­cials said.

Of­fi­cials said a re­tired doc­tor from Srinagar and 65-year-old man from south Kash­mir have suc­cumbed to the dis­ease. With this, the death toll in the Union ter­ri­tory has risen to 55.

The re­tired doc­tor was ad­mit­ted at JVC SKIMS hospi­tal and died on Fri­day morn­ing. He had re­turned to Kash­mir af­ter work­ing in Mid­dle East for two decades. Doc­tors said he was on ven­ti­la­tion sup­port and his con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rated due to co­mor­bidi­ties. Srinagar nodal of­fi­cer said a 65-year-old man who was ad­mit­ted at SMHS hospi­tal has also died due to the virus.

Mean­while, at least 22 CRPF per­son­nel from sev­eral bat­tal­ions have tested pos­i­tive for coro­n­avirus in south Kash­mir, of­fi­cials said.The health au­thor­i­ties had col­lected sam­ples from CRPF per­son­nel from var­i­ous bat­tal­ions at Uran­hall in south Kash­mir, out of which test re­sults for 22 sam­ples have come out as pos­i­tive. None of these troop­ers have any re­cent travel his­tory.

Mar­kets in Srinagar re­opened on Satur­day. The ad­min­is­tra­tion asked the mar­kets to ad­here to the nec­es­sary stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures.

While chemist shops, book shops, de­part­men­tal stores, etc. have been al­lowed to re­main open through­out the day from Mon­day to Satur­day, shops sell­ing ready­made gar­ments, cos­met­ics, footwear and jew­ellery will re­main open from 11 am to 5.30 pm on Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Fri­day, the of­fi­cials said.

Sim­i­larly on Tues­day, Thurs­day and Satur­day, beauty par­lours, ser­vice sta­tions and shops sell­ing hand­i­crafts, hard­ware, build­ing ma­te­rial and fur­ni­ture would re­main open, they said.

WASEEM ANDRABI/HT

Peo­ple shop af­ter mar­kets re­opened in the Lal Chowk area in Srinagar on Satur­day.

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