Jammu district has been rigorously vaccinating its residents against COVID-19. So far, 4,52,000 beneficiaries have been inoculated in various categories.
As many as 3,65,000 beneficiaries above the age of 45 years have been given their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, said Jammu Deputy Commissioner Anshul Garg.
Deputy commissioner said, “Our first aim was to cover everyone in the category of 45 years and above. So far, we have administered the first dose of the Covid vaccine to 3,65,000 people above the age of 45 years. The second doses are being continuously given at 30 vaccination sites.”
Meanwhile, the vaccination drive for people aged 18-44 years, which commenced on May 1 in the district, has inoculated 55,000 beneficiaries till now, said Garg.
“There is a two-pronged strategy for vaccination this group. People of this category have to pre-book their slots on the CoWIN portal, while a special high-risk group is also covered in this vaccination drive,” he said.
There was a priority list issued by the Jammu and Kashmir administration, in which high-risk vulnerable groups were prioritized, informed Garg. “People included in this category are shopkeepers, street vendors, people related with tourism and hotel industry, lawyers, journalists, specially-abled, orphans, widows, and government employees on Covid duties.
For them, we have a special vaccination drive from May 25 to May 29 and 32,000 beneficiaries of this category have been administered with Covid vaccine,” the deputy commissioner said.
According to Garg, as vaccine supplies will be augmented, additional vaccination sites will be set up to ramp up the process.
Stressing on the effort to enhance the healthcare infrastructure, Garg said that oxygen generation plants with a capacity of 9,000 litres per minute have been made functional in the last one month in the Jammu district. “Additionally, hospitals in the rural areas are being upgraded,” he said.
Locals have appreciated the administration for ramping up the vaccination process and also for easing out the Covid-induced restrictions in a phased manner.
Riya Mahajan, a local resident of Jammu believes that the slots have significantly increased. “I got my first dose on May 2 and my second on June 2, exactly after four weeks, that is, within the time specified time period of taking the vaccine. A lot of people have been vaccinated in the district,” she said.
Sumiksha, another local belonging to the area lauded the steps taken by the administration to bring the public back to normalcy. “Everything is happening properly now – the vaccination and testing. The decisions made by the administration are the best and in the public interest,” she said.
As per the media bulletin issued on Tuesday, 1,895 new cases were reported over a span of 24 hours, out of which 633 were from the Jammu division and 1,262 from the Kashmir division. Over a day, 32 deaths were reported – 17 from Jammu and 15 from the Kashmir division.
Portion of bridge washed away due to heavy rain
A big portion the bridge over Pai Nallah on Simbal Choa – Dera Baba road was damaged due to heavy rainfall, following which vehicular traffic on the road was closed.
One side of the bridge at village Bhabar, about 20 km from Reasi, has caved in. This bridge connects Dera Baba Banda Bahadur with Reasi.
According to Bodh Raj, former Sarpanch of the area, closure of the bridge because of damage has caused immense problem for the locals. “Condition of the roads from Simbal Chuha to Dera Baba Banda Bahadur and from Bhabar to Kundra is very dilapidated. The road from Bhabar to Kundra is in bad condition. Five kilometers of road is in bad condition which needs proper attention from the administration, he added.
People of the area have to the District Administration and DDC Chairperson to look after the matter and got the damaged part of the bridge repaired at the earliest so that vehicular movement is restored as early as possible.
DC Jammu issues new timings for opening shops
District Magistrate Jammu Anshul Garg has issued guidelines for opening of Shops/ Establishment in district.
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Lockdown relaxation: J&K Govt Issues Fresh Guidelines for shops
The Jammu & Kashmir administration on Sunday relaxed Covid-induced restrictions in eight districts–Poonch, Reasi, Ramban, Doda, Shopian, Kulgam, Ganderbal, and Bandipora as the coronavirus infection declines. However, guidelines on the Covid containment, notified on 29 May, will continue to remain in force till further orders.
The union territory has allowed all government and private offices to function subject to strict adherence to Covid appropriate behaviour.
Here’s what’s allowed in the 8 districts:
1. Barbershops, salons, and parlours will be permitted to open on all days of the week (except on Saturdays and Sundays).
2. Standalone shops, outdoor bazaars, shopping complexes would be permitted to open on all days (except Saturday and Sunday).
3. All government offices can function without any restrictions subject to strict adherence to Covid appropriate behaviour.
4. The wholesale trade of liquor would continue to be permitted to operate 5 days a week (except Saturdays and Sundays) in the entire UT.
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