Second Covid Wave On Decline, Not Over: Expert

Dr Hardeep Singh, Professor of Medicine, Government Medical College (GMC

Srinagar: A senior medical expert on Thursday warned against lackadaisical attitude towards the adherence of Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB), stating that the same can lead to inception of 3rd wave of the deadly coronavirus infection.

“Currently on an average SHMS hospital admits eight to ten Covid patients,” Dr Hardeep Singh, Professor of Medicine, Government Medical College (GMC) said Thursday.

He said that the second Covid wave has not ended yet, although its severity and number of positive cases have slumped.

Dr Singh said that the change in the behavior of people regarding the observance of CAB and related SOPs is highly apprehensive. He asked people not to violate CAB besides not to lower the guard as 2nd Covid wave continues to infect people.

He advised people to wear face masks, maintain social distance at every place, use sanitizers and avoid gathering or rush. He also impressed on maintaining proper ventilation at home and isolation of infected members in a family.

While cautioning against inappropriate behavior, he said disregarding SOPs will be very dangerous as it will help new emerging Covid variants to spread and infect people.

He said new wave can emerge at any time and the non-observance of SOPs provides time to virus for mutation and formation of new variants. The mutation increases infection and contagious power of the virus which may increase the chances of death of an infected person.

"If people follow Covid protocol, then the third wave can be avoided", said Dr Hardeep.

He further said that double dose vaccination is a defense against Covid infection.

"Any person who is fully vaccinated has the least chance of getting ill with corona virus" he said and added that if any such person gets infected still the patient has nothing to worry as those patients will recover at home.

Dr Singh asked people to get vaccinated to defeat the virus and save precious lives.

J&K Sees 203 New Cases, 1 Death

Meanwhile Jammu and Kashmir reported 203 new covid-19 cases while one person succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours, officials said on Thursday.

They said that 74 of the fresh cases were reported from Jammu division and 129 from Kashmir Valley, taking the overall tally to 319355.

Regarding the death due to the virus, they said, it was reported from Jammu division and none from Kashmir, taking the fatality count to 4361.

Providing the district-wide details, the officials said that Srinagar reported 42 cases, Baramulla 15, Budgam 11, Pulwama 6, Kupwara 12, Anantnag 9, Bandipora 13, Ganderbal 19, Kulgam 2, Shopian 0, Jammu 11, Udhampur 7, Rajouri 16, Doda 3, Kathua 0, Samba 1, Kishtwar 6, Poonch 5, Ramban 3 and Reasi 22.

Moreover, they said, 358 more COVID-19 patients have recovered—161 from Jammu Division and 197 from Kashmir Valley. So far 312890 people have recovered while 4361 others have succumbed to the virus, leaving active cases at 2104 in J&K—850 in Jammu and 1254 in the Valley.

There was no new confirmed case of mucormycosis (black fungus) reported today and thus the cumulative number of confirmed cases remained at 32 in J&K.

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