AJK govt imposes complete lockdown in Muzaffarabad

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MUZAFFARABAD: As 44 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, surfaced in a single day, the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) government has decided to impose almost a week-long complete lockdown in Muzaffarabad from Friday (June 12) to contain the further spread of the global pandemic.

Dr Mustafa Bashir, minister for information technology and AJK government’s spokesman, said that initially the complete lockdown will continue for six days and decision for its continuation or relaxation will be taken later keeping in view the developing situation of the pandemic.

The state government also decided to start a mass campaign across AJK to motivate the people for taking all necessary precautionary measures including wearing of face mask in public places.

The spokesman further said that there will be no public transport in Muzaffarabad city during the six-day lockdown and areas from where coronavirus cases are reported will be completely sealed.

The fresh cases that have been reported on Wednesday are 15 from Muzaffarabad, six from Rawalakot, seven from Mirpur, nine from Bhimber, and seven from Kotli.

A report released here by the health department said that of 10,578 people who had been tested for COVID-19 so far in the region, the results of 10,534 were received; 604 were declared positive while 250 patients had recovered.

The report said that out of 12 deaths, seven were reported from Muzaffarabad, two in Mirpur and one each in Rawalakot, Sudhonoti and Bhmber districts of the territory.

Of 342 active cases, 159 are under treatment at three health facilities in Muzaffarabad, six at DHQ (District Headquarter Hospital) Hattian, two at DHQ Neelum, 22 at CMH Rawalakot, 19 at DHQ Bagh, 33 at DHQ Plundari (Sudhunoti), three at DHQ Haveeli, 41 at two health facilities in Mirpur district, 40 at DHQ Bhimber, 15 at DHQ Kotli and two at Tehsil Headquarter Hospital, Dudial in Mirpur district.