Life comes to standstill in Kashmir’s Red Zone areas after spike in Covid-19 positive cases | KNO

Fear holds tight grip, we prefer to stay indoors, hope things improve soon, say residents
Life comes to standstill in Kashmir’s Red Zone areas after spike in Covid-19 positive cases | KNO

Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

Srinagar, Apr 06 (KNO): Life has come to a standstill in the areas which have been declared as red zones in Kashmir by the J&K administration after spike in Covid-19 positive cases. Wire Service—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) learnt from reliable official sources that around two dozen villages have been declared as containment areas in the valley after a sudden spike in the positive cases over the past few days. The total number of positive cases in Kashmir have reached to 85 while as total cases in J&K are 103. The life in the areas declared red zones have come to a grinding halt as the authorities have banned any kind of inward and outward movement in a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19. Faizan, a resident of Chadoora village in Budgam district told KNO that there is no movement whatsoever allowed in the areas which have been declared red zones after a positive case was reported in Batpora village here. He said that nobody is allowed to move out of the villages which have been declared as red zones and nobody from outside also not allowed to go towards these villages as a precautionary measure. There is curfew like situation in these villages. After a Covid positive cases was reported from Batpora village a few days ago all its surrounding areas including Wathura and Chadoora were declared as red zones. Since then there is no movement of any kind in these villages as people too have got scared Another villager told—KNO that all the contacts of the positive case were quarantined and some of them were also tested but fortunately they have turned out to be negative. “Nobody wants to take the risk neither the administration nor the people as this virus is dangerous and nobody knows who will contract this. So people too prefer to stay indoors in these red zones areas,” he said. “Life has come to a halt in these areas and it has put the residents in sort of trouble as well because they are not able to buy daily use items. Some people are without ration, however, local Mohalla committees in these areas have been working tirelessly to help such families who need help,” said Basharat, a local resident from Soibug which was declared as red zone few days ago. He said that only emergency services are being allowed to move in these areas rest everything is shut and no individual is allowed to move inwards or outwards of these red zone areas. Around half a dozen villages were declared as red zones in Budgam district including Batpora, Wathura, Chadoora, Kanidajan, Pakherpora and Soibug after around 8 positive cases were reported in the district. Similarly, life in other red zone areas of the valley has also come to a halt after more positive cases were reported from these areas. In Bandipora, six more villages were declared as red zones after 6 new positive cases were reported from these villages, prompting the authorities to take strict measures to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. Around 10 villages have been declared as red zones in district Bandipora so far which include Parrey Mohalla, Chandergair, SK Bala, Batagund, Madwan and Hakbara in Hajin Tehsil and Gund-Dachina, Gundqaiser, Kunan and Pethkoot in Bandipora Tehsil. Bandipora district has recorded highest number of positive cases after Srinagar so far. Its tally stands at 19 now. In north Kashmir’s Baramulla district which has reported around 13 positive cases around a dozen villages have been declared as red zones which include Chektan Chanpora, Chandiloora, Hariwatnoo, Kampora, Gutlipora, Katipor and Qazipora of Tehsil Tangmarg and Sultan Daki and AmlokColony of Tehsil Uri. In Kupwara where 6 cases were reported in a single day two areas have been declared as red zones which include Baghbella, Tangdhar and ITI Handwara. In central Kashmir’s Ganderbal has declared Guzhama village in Wakura tehsil as Red zone and its surrounding areas Batpora and Khanpora as buffer zones. Similarly, in Srinagar where highest number of cases have been reported so far, Mehjoor Nagar, Natipora, Lal Bazar, Eidgah, Chattabal, Shalteng, Jawahar Nagar and Khayam have been declared as red zones. In south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, Khaigam, Sangerwani, Abhama villages of tehsil Rajpora and Gudoora, Chandgam, Pinglena and Parigam of tehsil Pulwama have been declared as red zones while adjoining villages of these tehsils have been declared as buffer zones. Similarly, in Shopian district Sedew, Ramnagri and Shirmal have been declared as red zones to prevent the spread if Covid-19-(KNO)