434 People Tested Covid-19 Positive As Cases Spike in Kashmir

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Mask Mandate Imposed In Three More J&K Districts

Srinagar- Jammu and Kashmir reported on Wednesday 434 fresh cases of novel Coronavirus, the highest single-day spike in over five months, while one more person succumbed to the deadly infection in the Union Territory during the last 24 hours.

According to officials, 248 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Jammu division on Wednesday while the Valley registered 186 cases of the virus, taking the total number of people infected since the onset of the pandemic in J&K to 457951.

The sudden spurt in cases prompted the authorities in twin districts of Baramulla and Kupwara to order wearing face masks mandatory at all public places. Mask mandate has also been reimposed In Jammu.

On Tuesday, face masks were made compulsory in Srinagar, Ganderbal, Bandipora, and Ramban districts in an attempt to curb the spread of the deadly infection.

In the Valley, officials said, Srinagar reported the highest 147 new cases of Coronavirus, Baramulla 16, Budgam 11, Kupwara four, Ganderbal three, Pulwama and Bandipora two each and Shopian one. No cases were reported from the twin districts of Anantnag and Kulgam in South Kashmir.

In the winter capital, officials said, Jammu reported a maximum of 154 new cases of Coronavirus, Kathua 31, Udhampur 19, Doda and Ramban nine each, Poonch eight, and Rajouri, Samba and Kishtwar six cases each. Reasi was the only district in Jammu division where no new case of Covid-19 was detected.

Also, the officials said that one more person succumbed to the deadly infection in Jammu division on Wednesday, raising the death toll in the pandemic to 4761 in J&K—2336 in Jammu and 2425 in Kashmir.

“Moreover, 111 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and been discharged from various hospitals including 52 from Jammu division and 59 from Kashmir division,” they added.

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