Jammu and Kashmir lockdown: Schools, educational institutions to remain closed

The Jammu and Kashmir State Executive Committee extended the closure of educational institutions. The orders suggest closing of the school and enducational institutions further as it reviewed the COVID-19 situation in the union territory.

The committee said there would be no weekend curfews in any district but night curfews would remain in place from 8 pm to 7 am. The number of guests attending indoor or outdoor gatherings will remain only 25. In an order, Chief Secretary A K Mehta said it was observed that as compared to previous weeks, there were some improvements in many districts. Mehta, the SEC chairman, said schools and higher educational institutions, including coaching centres, would continue to remain closed for onsite or in-person teaching till further orders. However, institutions are allowed to seek personal attendance of limited vaccinated staff for administrative purposes, he added. All deputy commissioners have been directed to focus on the positivity rates of the medical blocks under their jurisdictions, the chief secretary said. DCs will keep active track of the positivity rates in the blocks and consider implementing stricter control measures in closed clustered spaces. “The three ‘T’ protocols of testing, tracking and treating, besides vaccination, need to be strengthened in these blocks,” Mehta said.

The Health and Medical Education department was directed to ensure adequate availability of COVID-dedicated health and logistics infrastructure, based on their assessment of case trajectory. Mehta directed district magistrates to strictly ensure that COVID-appropriate behaviour.

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