Covid-19 Spread Slowing Down In J&K

Govt Spokesperson Rohit Kansal addresses presser in Jammu.

Jammu: Claiming that the spread of coronavirus has significantly slowed down, the Jammu and Kashmir administration said Thursday that there was no room for complacency as the situation demands extra watchfulness.

“We continue to have a number of red zones and we need to be ever alert and watchful. Premature exuberance or celebration can cost us very dear”, Kansal told reporters here at a press conference.

“Our current position may appear comfortable but let me remind you that we are dealing with an unpredictable and dangerous enemy” he added.

Kansal was flanked by Commissioner Secretary Industries Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, Mission Director NHM Bhupinder Kumar and Director Information and public Relations Dr. Syed Sehrish Asgar,

The government spokesperson said that the UT has a good report card so far in the overall Covid-19 situation. He said a report of this morning has showed that the UT’s testing rates continue to be among the highest while our percentage rise continues to be low resulting in a high doubling rate which is over 12 days.

“The daily positivity rate has shown a downward trend and the doubling rate of positive cases has decidedly slowed down,” Kansal said, adding “Our mortality is just above 1%, which is quite low given the number of cases. The most notable part is that over 92% of the cases can be traced. All these are positive factors” he added.

Kansal said that many neighbouring states have learnt the hard way when they have seen their cases show a sudden jump when many of their returning citizens tested positive.

“We too have a number of students and labourers stranded outside the UT who have started returning back home. Adequate precautions are being taken while allowing them inside the UT. There is no room for complacency,” he added.

He said the government was following an aggressive testing strategy and continues to be among the top few regions in the country in this regard. He said that the testing capacity has expanded from 1 lab to 4 labs, and the testing rate is now about 1500 per million, one of the highest in the country.

“We have also been continuously ramping up our facilities- we started with less than 100 tests daily; a few days ago we broke the 1000 tests per day barrier, he said and added “Yesterday we conducted 1800 tests and We will shortly break the 2000 tests/day barrier”.

He expressed gratitude to people for the excellent cooperation in restricting the movement and helping maintain an effective lockdown.

“This has helped us to slow the spread of the virus and put in place a strong containment strategy” Kansal added.

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