Local authorities in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district reimposed strict lockdown measures, under Section-144, on Sunday, July 12, following a recent spike in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.
Local police and security forces have reportedly been patrolling the streets and main areas to ensure that businesses including shops, markets, and other places of work have closed. Strict movement restrictions have been reintroduced for all residents in Anantnag, south of Srinagar city. Individuals are only authorized to leave their homes to carry out essential services which remain functioning; face masks must be worn and social distancing measures must also be adhered to. Those found violating these measures will be fined. According to media sources, barricades were also erected by police forces in areas leading into the city center in order to deter access.
It is unclear how long the lockdown restrictions will remain in place in Anantnag and additional restrictions and measures may be introduced by authorities without warning. Continue to follow official directives.
As of Monday, July 13, there have been 878,254 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, with 23,174 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.
Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantine measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.
Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.
Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:
- Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
- If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.
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