J&K Sees 1144 New Cases, 2 Corona Deaths

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir reported on Friday 1144 new cases of coronavirus, the second highest single day spike in the infections this year, even as two more people succumbed to the deadly disease during the last 24 hours.

According to officials, Kashmir Valley reported a maximum of 730 new cases of Covid-19, while the remaining 414 were detected in Jammu division, taking the total number of people infected since the outbreak of pandemic in J&K last year to 144021.

Giving district wise details, the officials said that Srinagar reported 407, Baramulla 89, Budgam 97, Pulwama 45, Kupwara 11, Anantnag 30, Bandipora 12, Ganderbal 5, Kulgam 33, Shopian 1, Jammu 223, Udhampur 29, Rajouri 33, Doda 10, Kathua 32, Samba 23, Kishtwar 4, Poonch 6, Ramban 11 and Reasi 43 fresh cases of coronavirus.

Regarding the fresh deaths, officials said one each was reported from Jammu and Kashmir—a 77-year-old man from Bemina, Srinagar—, taking the overall toll to 2048 in J&K.

There are 10620 active positive cases in J&K—4123 in Jammu and 6497 in Kashmir, they said.

Polytechnic Exams Put Off For Now

Amid spike in COVID-19 cases across Jammu and Board, the Board of Technical Education (BOTE) on Friday postponed all examinations till further orders.

“All principals and students are notified that the examinations in all polytechnic colleges of 1st, 3rd, 5th and 6th semesters scheduled as per the already notified date sheet is postponed due to the present COVID-19 situation in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir,” reads an order issued by BOTE secretary, Engineer Mahmood Ahmad.

On Thursday, authorities cancelled the ongoing examination of 10th standard in Jammu division and decided to promote the students to next level as per the student performance of those subjects of which exams were conducted.

The government also ordered closure of all private coaching institutes and extended closure of all schools for physical academics till April-30 across Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the central government on Thursday also postponed the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) that was scheduled to be held on April-18

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