BUDGAM — Despite a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases, people violated social distancing norms on the third day of Eid-ul-Azha and thronged tourist destination Yousmarg which falls in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

Even though social distancing norms were flouted, the vendors and shopkeepers there were seen wearing masks as a precautionary measure. However, most people were seen without face masks as well.

The roads were also jammed because of the large number of vehicles queued up in the morning today.

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Earlier, the J&K administration had ordered imposition of lockdown restrictions upto August 05 but on ground, the scenes witnessed at Yousmarg were contrary.

Pertinently, the fatality count due to the COVID-19 virus has risen to 411 in J&K—381 in Kashmir and 30 in Jammu.

Srinagar district with 136 deaths tops the list followed by Baramulla (72), Budgam (30), Kulgam (29), Anantnag (26), Shopian (23), Pulwama (23), Kupwara (21), Jammu (21), Bandipora (14), Ganderbal (7), two each in Rajouri and Doda and one each in Ramban, Samba, Poonch, Udhampur, and Kathua.

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In Kashmir, Srinagar tops the list with 5333 cases followed by Baramulla with 1954, Pulwama 1614, Kulgam 1523, Shopian 1474, Anantnag 1374, Kupwara 1141, Budgam 1336, Bandipora 815, and Ganderbal 490. The overall tally has risen to 17054 in Kashmir Division.

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