J&K Govt announces measures to stop spreading Coronavirus

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SRINAGAR: As a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, the entry of foreign tourists in Kashmir has been banned, District Magistrate Shahid Choudhary tweeted.

The administration on Tuesday extended J&K Epidemic Disease (COVID-19) Regulations 2020 to both the divisions of Jammu and Kashmir to step up efforts to tackle the disease.

Jammu and Kashmir, Mar 18 (ANI): Indian army officials interact with people as they are aware of them about the Corona Virus outbreak, in Poonch Distts on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

The regulations were extended to the whole of Jammu and Kashmir under the orders of Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu which define powers, duties and responsibilities to the surveillance personnel, duties and responsibilities of medical officers and practitioners, enforcement and offences.

Meanwhile, according to the daily media bulletin on novel coronavirus, 2615 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance and so far three cases have tested positive in Jammu and Kashmir. A total of 137 positive cases of coronavirus have been reported in India so far.

In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Tuesday issued a circular restricting work in both of its Jammu and Srinagar wings to only urgent matters till March 31. “Functioning in both the wings of the High Court from March 16, 2020 to March 31, 2020 shall be restricted to urgent matters,” read the circular.

The directive added that in all other listed matters dates would be given by the Bench Secretaries and dates in such matters shall be communicated through the e-Courts platform. The circular further said that the canteens and Bar rooms will not remain operational until further orders. (ANI)

“The Bar Associations and the Advocates shall make sure that entry of litigants in the Court shall be restricted to the cases where the presence is unavoidable and in such cases, only one person may be called. The Bar Associations of both the wings of the High Court shall ensure that there shall be no crowding in the Court complex including the lawyers’ chambers. They shall also defer all their public functions involving gathering,” it added. (ANI)