Corona Comeback?: Top Kashmir Doctor Sounds Caution

Srinagar- As the daily Coronavirus cases continue to show a slight increase in Jammu and Kashmir, a senior doctor on Monday cautioned people against lowering guard and paying no heed to Covid guidelines that can degenerate the situation.

Director SKIMS Prof. Parvaiz A. Koul asked people not to panic and instead follow Covid appropriate behavior to contain further spread of the infection in the Valley, an official spokesperson said.

Koul, he said, maintained that the situation was not worrisome as the positivity rate so far is not that high and hence there is no need to panic but lowering guard and paying no heed to Covid guidelines can degenerate the situation.

He advised people to exercise caution in the face of recent reports of an increased number of COVID cases from various parts of the country.

“The rising numbers call for adoption of measures like use of masks and frequent hand washing in exercise of abundant caution for prevention of the spread of respiratory viruses in general and SARS CoV2 in particular”, he explained.

He further said modeling studies from credible institutes like the IHME, University of Washington do not predict any fresh COVID wave in the immediate future for the region of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. However, exercising caution is clearly beneficial so that we avoid any upsurge in the cases.

“The positivity rate among the tested samples is not high and the authorities are keeping a close watch on the situation. Since there are areas globally as also in the country, where sporadic increase of cases is reported, it would be prudent to stay alert without any panic. We need not be complacent but at the same time, panic should not creep in”, he further said.

Slight Uptick In Cases, 67 Test Positive

The daily Coronavirus cases in Jammu and Kashmir continue to show a slight rise as 67 more people on Monday tested positive for the virus, even as no fresh fatality was reported in the Union Territory during the last 24 hours.

Jammu province registered 47 fresh cases of novel Coronavirus while 20 others were reported from the Kashmir Valley, taking the total number of people infected since the onset of pandemic in the UT to 454865, officials said Monday.

In the Valley, officials said, Srinagar detected 16 and Baramulla four new cases of Covid-19 while the other eight districts remained Corona free. In the winter capital, they said, Jammu reported a maximum of 40 new cases, Udhampur, Kishtwar and Poonch two each and a single new case from Kathua district.

“Moreover, 29 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and been discharged from various hospitals including 19 from Jammu division and 10 from Kashmir division,” the officials said.

Also, they said that no new Covid-19 related fatality was reported in J&K during the last 24 hours. So far, 4756 persons—2331 in Jammu and 2425 in Kashmir—have died due to the virus.

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