COVID-19: J&K Reports 1 Death, 152 Fresh Cases in 24 Hours

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Srinagar- As many as 152 more people tested positive for Coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, while one more person succumbed to the deadly infection in the Union Territory during the last 24 hours.

According to officials, 85 fresh cases of novel Coronavirus were reported from Jammu division and 67 others from Kashmir Valley, taking the number of people infected since the onset of pandemic in J&K to 457184.

In the Valley, they said, Srinagar detected highest 57 new cases of virus, Baramulla 5, two each in Pulwama and Anantnag and a single case in Budgam district.

In the winter capital, officials said, Jammu reported a maximum of 64 fresh cases of Coronavirus, Udhampur 11, Kathua 4, Samba 3, Poonch 2 and Doda 1.

Also, the officials said that one more person succumbed to the virus in Jammu division on Monday raising the overall fatality count to 4759 in J&K—2333 in Jammu and 2426 in Kashmir.

“Moreover, 55 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and been discharged from various hospitals including 38 from Jammu division and 17 from Kashmir division,” they added.

‘Ready To Deal With Situation If Covid Peaks’

Meanwhile the Director of School Education Kashmir (DSEK), Tassaduq Hussain Mir on Monday said that the department is ready to deal with Covid-19 like situation if the cases increase.

According to reports, Mir said, “If in case the Covid-19 cases increase, we will try to bring only 50 percent of the students. As of now, there is no such situation.”

“In the past two years, we have gained an experience as to how we can deal with the Covid-19 like situation,” he said.

DSEK said that it has made all arrangements in this regard in the government schools.

“We have also increased the seating capacity, social distancing is being monitored. All things are in place,” he said.

On asking about the new entrants in government schools, Mir said, “We cannot say that there is a 100 percent student enrolment in government schools because private schools are also doing a good job. We are also doing our work religiously.”

“Out thought is that no student is out of school and in this regard, we have enrolled those students in government schools that were out of school and the students who couldn’t pay the tuition fee during the Covid-19 period,” he said.

DSEK further said that in the previous academic year, there was an increase in new admission by 19 percent in government schools wherein the department brought over 1,18,000 such students who weren’t able to pay the fee in private schools.

“Besides, the department also enrolled the Children with Special Needs”

Mir said, “We are trying to ensure that every child should be in the schools.”

Speaking about the New Education Policy, DSEK said, “The endeavor of New Education Policy is to be prepared for every challenge we may face in the next 30-40 years.”

“One of the major things in the NEP is the change in the evaluation system. Besides, it focuses on early childhood, vocational education, inclusive education and the NEP is also focused on child friendly education. We are on it. Targets have also been set and soon we will be implementing it,” he said.

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