Covid III Wave ‘Almost Over’, GMC; SKIMS Reports No Cases

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Srinagar- For the first time in the last two years, no new cases of Coronavirus were reported on Friday at the Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar here, with officials saying that the third wave of highly contagious infection is almost over in Jammu and Kashmir.

Medical Superintendent of SMHS, Dr. Kanwaljeet Singh told Kashmir Observer that the Covid-19 third wave is almost over but people shouldn't lower their guard.

“We had reserved two wards—19 and 20 of our hospital for COVID-19 patients but since there were no patients there, we fumigated it and closed it down,” Singh said.

He further added that people shouldn’t lower their guard as there are reports of a fourth wave in June and July. “So the precautions are better than cure,” he said.

A health official from SKIMS told Kashmir Observer that the hospital witnessed zero cases today and no patient has been admitted so far in the Covid-19 wards.

"Yes, we can say the covid-19 third wave is over now," he added.

The Valley registered just 18 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Friday, according to a government spokesperson.

The occupancy of 4838 dedicated beds was 0.25, the spokesperson said, adding

“Currently, 12 patients infected with COVID-19 are admitted for treatment in the entire J&K,”

Dr Saleem Khan, Head of the Department Community Medicine, GMC Srinagar, confirmed to Kashmir Observer that the COVID Testing lab (Department of Microbiology) reports 'NO Positive' status on Friday, when all 1651 samples tested in last 24 hours tested Negative for SARS CoV-2.

“It is good news, the cases are reaching at lowest levels,” Khan said.

He further added that testing in GMC Srinagar started in March 2020 and for the first time in two years all the samples (1651) came out Covid-19 negative.

18 New Cases Reported In Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir reported 33 fresh Covid-19 cases even as there was one death due to the virus in the last 24 hours, officials said on Friday.

They said 15 of the fresh cases were reported from Jammu Division and 18 Kashmir Division, taking the overall tally to 453167.

Giving district wise details, the officials said that Srinagar reported 9 cases, Baramulla 4, Pulwama and Kupwara 2 each and Bandipora 1. The five districts of the Valley, including Anantnag, Ganderbal, Kulgam, Shopian and Budgam registered no new cases of Covid-19.

In the winter capital, officials said, Jammu detected a maximum of 12 new cases of virus, Doda 2 and Kishtwar 1. No fresh cases of Covid-19 were reported from the remaining seven districts of Udhampur, Rajouri, Kathua, Samba, Poonch, Ramban and Reasi.

Also, the officials said that one more person succumbed to Coronavirus related complications in Jammu division on Friday, taking the death toll due to pandemic to 4749 in J&K—2326 in Jammu and 2423 in Kashmir.

“Moreover, 83 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and been discharged from various hospitals including 60 from Jammu Division and 23 from Kashmir Division,” they said.

The officials further said that no new cases of Mucormycosis were reported today, thus the total number of confirmed cases remains 51 across J&K.

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Auqib Javeed

Auqib Javeed is special correspondent with Kashmir Observer and tweets @AuqibJaveed

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