The LG-led administration also announced to provide the vaccine for COVID-19 free of cost for people falling between 18 to 45 years of age.
SRINAGAR (J&K) —
The Government of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday ordered ‘complete corona curfew’ in the Union Territory from this evening (April 24) till Monday (April 26) morning.
As per a tweet by the Office of Lieutenant Governor, there will be a complete lockdown in the UT, given the surge in new COVID-19 cases being reported. “Complete corona curfew to be observed in the Union Territory from 8 PM, 24th April (Saturday) till 6 AM, April 26 (Monday),” the tweet read.
The LG’s Office further said, “Essential and emergency services to be allowed. All market, commercial institutions will remain closed.”
The LG-led administration also announced to provide the vaccine for COVID-19 free of cost for people falling between 18 to 45 years of age. The Office of LG wrote on Twitter, “It has been decided that COVID-19 vaccination for people in the age group 18-45 years will be cost-free in the UT. The cost of the vaccine will be fully borne by the government of J&K. The health department will constitute a panel to work out the logistics.”
In one more decision, the UT administration designated 23 hospitals as COVID-19 dedicated hospitals, including 15 in the Kashmir division and 8 in the Jammu division. In a notification, Deputy Director (Planning) Health and Medical Education Department said that the health institutions along with their bed capacity have been designated as dedicated COVID-19 hospitals.
Meanwhile, the Directorate of Health Services Kashmir made two oxygen plants, each with 1000 LPM capacity, functional in north Kashmir to meet ‘any possible eventuality’ amid the ongoing onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Both the plants have been made fully functional and serve as big relief for the inhabitants of north Kashmir amidst Covid crisis,” reads a Directorate statement in this connection.
The oxygen plants were made functional at SDH Kupwara and Sopore during an extensive tour by Director Health Services Kashmir Mushtaq Ahmad on the directions of Financial Commissioner Health & Medical Education Department, J&K, Atal Dullo, in the presence of Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Imam-ud-Din at SDH Kupwara.
It is pertinent to mention that Jammu and Kashmir reported 2030 fresh COVID-19 cases while 15 more people succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours, as per official statistics. There are 18064 active cases of COVID-19—7579 in Jammu and 10485 in Kashmir.