2 deaths, 148 new cases in J&K
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.
People shop after markets reopened in the Lal Chowk area in Srinagar on Saturday.