Baramulla, Aug 29: Life remained affected Lockdown continued for the 5th day on Saturday in this north Kashmir district of Baramulla, where 40 new positive cases were reported on Friday which was 7 cases more than Thursday when it was 33.
The District Magistrate (DM), Baramulla Dr G N Itoo has imposed lockdown from Tuesday for five days following surge in COVID-19 positive cases in the district after people, shopkeepers and transporters violated Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) during the relaxation period.
Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads. However, some private vehicles were seen plying on different routes. Security forces and police had closed almost all roads with barbed wire or other barricades. Strict restrictions continued in the district.
However, there was no ban on the activities related to Agriculture, Horticulture and work on developmental projects after these sectors were exempted from lockdown. The DM had directed the enforcement agencies to allow the movement of the manpower and staff connected with these activities, including vehicles carrying Hot Mix material and fruit and vegetables.
He said administration has taken the decision to re-impose lock down from August 25 to August 29 due to spike in Corona cases after people were ignoring SOPs and not wearing masks and keeping social distance during the relaxation in lockdown. Shopkeepers and transporters were fined for violating SOPs, Dr Itoo said adding fresh lockdown was imposed to break the chain.
However, traders, transporters and daily labourers said there was no justification for reimposing lockdown when the number of positive coronavirus cases was less as compared to Srinagar, where there are no restrictions.
Meanwhile, according to official figures available here there were 40 new cases on Friday while the number was 33 on Thursday and Wednesday the number was 16 cases , Tuesday it was 29, which was ten cases more than August 24 while it was 39 on August 23, 20 cases on August 22, 51 cases on August 21, 22 cases on August 20, 35 cases on August 19, 37 cases on August 18, nine cases on August 17 and 42 cases on August 16.