Kashmir lockdown news: Following a surge in COVID cases over the past one week, authorities prepared for a strict implementation of another phase of lockdown on Sunday. They sealed off Lal Chowk and 67 other areas in Srinagar that have been declared as containment zones. Also Read - This Therapy Can Combat Secondary Infections in Corona Patients

Maisuma, Natipora, and Eidgah were among several areas in Srinagar which were sealed after being declared as containment zones. The lockdown will be imposed in 68 containment zones of the city from Monday, the officials said. Also Read - COVID-19 Impact: Cricket Australia Mulls Moving Boxing Day Test From Traditional MCG Home to Adelaide

Further, Ghanta Ghar at Lal Chowk was sealed off by the Srinagar district administration in an apparent bid to convey its seriousness to the masses about the strict implementation of the second phase of the lockdown. Also Read - Poor Kids in India at Higher Risk of Contracting COVID-19

They said effective restrictions would be put in place in these containment zones to contain the spread of the virus infection.

No activity would be allowed in these areas without a valid movement pass, they added.

The decision to reimpose the lockdown in the city was taken at a meeting late Saturday evening, the officials said.

District Magistrate, Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary also confirmed the reimposition of the lockdown in the city.

“In view of major spike in Covid cases, we will have to carve out containment zones for effective restrictions in different areas of Srinagar. Local cooperation is solicited in best interest of public health,” he said, adding the areas have been notified.

The city has witnessed a spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the last one week. The total number of positive cases has reached 1,611, out of which 1,075 are active.

Jammu and Kashmir has recorded over 10,000 coronavirus cases so far. The majority of these cases are in the Kashmir valley.

While the union territory administration had first announced a lockdown across Jammu and Kashmir on March 22 as part of its efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus, restrictions were imposed in many parts of the valley, including in the city, on March 19 after the UT saw its first positive case from Srinagar.

The lockdown was then gradually eased in June and the markets in the city reopened after about three months in the second week of June.

(With agency inputs)