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All government and private schools, hostels and coaching centres in the union territory of Ladakh will remain shut for physical classes till 23 January in view of the rising Covid-19 cases, according to a new order issued on Thursday. 

In addition to this, the order said that gymnasiums, sports clubs, fitness centres, snooker centres, and other indoor activities have also been ordered to remain completely closed.

Bars, restaurants and dhabas have been directed to operate with 25% of the seating capacity, in strict compliance with the Covid appropriate behaviour. “However, they shall encourage take-away services as much as possible," read the order.

“Public Transport shall continue to ply with half of the seating capacity maintaining proper social distancing. The ARTO Leh shall increase the frequency of the buses on the busiest routes to avoid crowding at the bus stops," it added. 

Further, the maximum number of people permitted to attend any indoor/outdoor gathering has been strictly restricted to 20 or 50% of capacity, whichever is less with prior permission.

The administration has also decided to impose a night curfew across the UT from 9 pm to 5 am.

Covid situation in UT

Ladakh reported 122 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 22,649, while the active cases in the union territory have shot up to 502, officials said on Thursday.

Twenty-six patients were cured and discharged from hospitals, taking the total number of recoveries to 22,125, they said.

Of the 122 fresh cases, 111 were reported from Leh district and 11 from Kargil district, they said.

With these, the total number of active cases in Ladakh has gone up to 502 -- 468 in Leh and 34 in Kargil district.

Ladakh has recorded 222 Covid-related deaths -- 164 in Leh and 58 in Kargil -- since the outbreak of the pandemic. No fresh case death was reported, they added.

Another 1,029 sample reports in Ladakh were tested negative, the officials said.

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