COVID-19 Update

A village in Kupwara declared Red Zone after positive cases

Authorities on Saturday declared village Shikari Mohalla Keegam in Kupwara district as red zone after at least five cases of covid-19 were reported from there, officials said on Saturday.

Keeping into consideration the number of increasing positive cases in Shikari Mohalla Keegam, the area is declared as a red zone and consequently there should be no inward and outward movement from the said area and people shall stay indoors strictly, read an order issued by the district magistrate Kupwara.

Moreover the surround areas of Shikari Mohalla were declared as buffer zones, and the inhabitants of these areas shall also restrict their movement and shall not allow visitors to visit their homes without proper permission from the administration.

“Tehsildar Drugmulla shall act as Administrator for red and buffer zones declared as indicated above,” it said, adding, “Further, the Administrator shall ensure screening of Households in the Red Zone and furnish information as per the prescribed format to this office by 1:00 Pm on daily basis.”

All the officers of the line departments have been asked to ensure the availability of basic facilities including food grains, L.PG, medicines etc in the Red and buffer zones. “They shall promptly respond to medical emergencies and the concerned BMO shall dedicate one ambulance for the Red Zone area.”

The DM also asked the concerned BMO to conduct survey of co-morbid and old age (above 60yrs) people in the area and ensure their sampling in co-ordination with the administrator and assisting officials.

“Consequently report to COVID-19 Control Room CMO Office Kupwara on daily basis,” the order reads, adding, “The concerned SHO shall ensure barricading at all the entry points to the Red Zone to prevent inward and outward movement without valid pass issued by Administrator and fumigation of Vehicles of other essential services departments allowed to enter for Public Service delivery.” (GNS)

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