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Covid-19 spike: wearing masks made mandatory in four districts

Amid a spike in Covid cases, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has made face masks mandatory in four districts of the disputed Himalayan region, officials said on Tuesday.

The number of active Covid cases, which had dropped to just below 50 towards the end of May, rose to nearly 1,200 on Monday. While Srinagar has 390 active cases, Jammu has 519.

According to officials, wearing face masks has been made compulsory in Srinagar, Ganderbal, Bandipora, and Ramban districts in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19, they said.

According to an order issued by Ramban District Magistrate Massarat Alam, a face mask is mandatory for everyone visiting government offices, health institutes, banks, and financial institutions in the district to contain the spread of Covid.

“In view of rising in the number of covid cases in Ramban, it is hereby ordered that all the persons visiting government offices, health institutes, banks, and financial institutes across the district shall compulsorily wear facemasks, failing which no entry shall be allowed to them,” the order issued on Tuesday night said.

The order enjoined upon the authorities of the education departments and institutes to ensure the wearing of face masks by teaching members, staff, and students without fail.

The administration also sought the ramp up rapid antigen testing on the highway at Banihal, Nashri tunnel, and the railway station at Banihal to prevent the spread of Covid spread, it said. 

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