Businesses closed, public transport suspended as COVID-19 restrictions imposed in Budgam

Businesses remained closed while public transport services were suspended as the district administration imposed restrictions for five days to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, officials said on Thursday.

In wake of daily spike of Coronavirus cases, the Budgam district administration on Wednesday evening ordered the imposition of section 144 cr Pc and section 34 of the Disaster Management Act for five days in the district.

District Magistrate, Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza issued a circulation citing that all shops, business establishments falling within the peripheries of Char-i-Sharief, Chadoora, Magam, Narbal, Beerwah, Chattergam, Nagam, Khansahib need to be closed from 16th to 20th of this month.

Mirza also ordered that public transportation won’t be allowed to run during these days. Only authorised private vehicles are being allowed to ply on the roads.

As per Chief Medical officer Budgam, the active Coronavirus cases in the district mounted to 282 with 15 deaths and 331 recovery cases. CMO Budgam, Dr. Tajamul Hussain Khan confirmed to Greater Kashmir that there are 37 red zones in the district.