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Jammu and Kashmir government has announced that measures to control spread of Covid-19 will continue in the union territory will continue to remain in force till further order.

In a statement on Sunday, Jammu and Kashmir's Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction clarified that there shall be no weekend curfew in the union territory. Night curfew will continue in all districts from 8 PM to 7 AM, it further added.

The order said that public and private educational institutions can seek personal attendance of vaccinated staff in limited numbers for administrative work only. The maximum number of people allowed to gather at any indoor or outdoor remains restricted to 25 at a time.

All deputy commissioners have been asked to keep track of positivity rate in medical blocks under their jurisdictions. The order calls for intensified measures for Covid-19 management and restriction of activities.

There shall be renewed focus on Panchayat-level mapping of cases and micro-containment zones shall be constituted wherever unusual spike in cases in noticed, the order said. Managing director of National Health Mission has been asked to consult DCs for Panchayat-level case mapping and positivity rate tracking.

Testing, tracking, treating and vaccination needs to be strengthened in these blocks with proportion of RT-PCR tests in the mix being scaled up to 70 per cent, excluding travellers, it further added.

District authorities have been asked to isloate and quarantine detected Covid-19 cases at the earliest and their contacts traced and isolated with similar urgency. The order mandated quick isolation and treatment of patients in treatment facilities, hospitals and homes.

The health department has been asked to ensure adequate availability of Covid-dedicated health and logistics infrastructure based on its assessment of case trajectory.

"The district magistrates shall strictly ensure that there is full compliance to Covid appropriate behaviour and defaulters are firmly dealt with under relevant sections of Disaster Management Act and Indian Penal Code," the order stated.

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