Covid-19 Resurgence: Daily Cases Cross 200-Mark In J&K After 5 Months

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Srinagar- The daily Coronavirus cases continue to show an upwards trend in Jammu and Kashmir as 224 more people, the highest in over four months, tested positive for virus, even as no fresh fatality was reported from the Union Territory during the last 24 hours.

According to officials, 112 fresh cases of novel Coronavirus were reported from the Kashmir Valley and as many from Jammu division, taking the number of people infected since the onset of pandemic in J&K to 456829.

In Valley, Srinagar, the capital city registered the highest 88 new cases of virus, Baramulla seven, Ganderbal and Pulwama five each, Budgam four and Kupwara three.

In the winter capital, officials said, Jammu reported a maximum of 82 new cases of infection, Udhampur 11, Kathua eight, Doda four, Rajouri two and Samba one.

“Moreover, 113 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and been discharged from various hospitals including 55 from Jammu division and 58from Kashmir division,” the officials said.

Also, they said that the death toll in the pandemic remained unchanged at 4758 in J&K—2333 in Jammu and 2425 in Kashmir, as no fresh fatality was reported during the last 24 hours.

Pertinently, Coronavirus cases witnessed a decline in March this year after witnessing a gradual spurt in the winters. In February, the daily cases even crossed 300-mark.

Govt Urges People To Take Precautions

Amid a sudden spurt in daily Coronavirus cases, the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta on Saturday urged people of the Union Territory to take the necessary precautions and be safe.

Mehta observed that it is better to take preventive measures than taking risk of getting affected by the disease, an official spokesperson said Saturday. The
Chief Secretary, he said, impressed that it is time to renew efforts to contain this contagious virus from spreading again.

“He stated that there is a little surge in covid positive cases but the mortality fortunately very low,” he added.

Under these circumstances, Mehta, the spokesperson said, enjoined upon all to enforce mandatory SoPs like wearing of face masks, use of hand sanitisers etc. He said that the Chief Secretary also advised them to take precautions and be careful in public places for the general good of all of them.

“The Chief Secretary also encouraged the people to take the precautionary dose whoever is eligible. He made out that it is the mass vaccination that has saved human lives last time and this time again people should show prudence by taking the free booster doses for their safety and well being,” he said.

According to the spokesperson, Mehta also directed the concerned to commence an IEC campaign and create awareness among masses.

“He asked them to be vigilant and ensure that the virus do not spread uncontrollably. He asked them to monitor the situation constantly and take measures simultaneously,” he said.

“He also showed confidence that last time our performance was efficient as we didn’t let the situation to take an ugly turn. He exuded hope that this time we together would better that record by playing our respective roles by being responsible and careful,” he added.

Keep 10-15 beds available, DHSK tells CMOs, BMOs, MSs

Meanwhile amid spurt in Covid-19 positive cases, Director Health Services Kashmir Saturday directed all Chief Medical Officers, Medical Superintendents and Block Medical officers to keep 10-15 beds available for Covid-19 patients in all district or sub district hospitals.

According to an order he directed that at least 4-5 beds must be kept for Covid-19 antenatal patients.

“In view of the resurgence of Covid-19 positive cases in the country as well as in Kashmir division, it is hereby enjoined upon all the Chief Medical Officers, Medical Superintendents, & Block Medical Officers to ensure the provision of 10-15 Beds for Covid-19 positive patients in all District / Sub District Hospitals, out of which 4-5 Beds be kept for Covid-19 positive antenatal patients,” reads a circular issued by Director Health Services Kashmir Mushtaq Ahmad Rather.

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