Jammu and Kashmir Saturday reported four deaths and yet another biggest spike of 3,251 fresh positive cases of COVID-19, taking the number of total active cases in the Union Territory to 12,860.
With four more deaths, the death toll in J&K has reached 4,561 and 3,251 fresh positive cases reported on Saturday have pushed the tally of positive cases to 355,874.
Of the exact number of 355,874 cases, 222,961 are from Kashmir division and 132,913 from Jammu division.
Officials said that among 3,251 new cases, 2,122 belong to Kashmir division while as 1,129 are from Jammu division, adding that the total number of positive cases in Kashmir division have reached to 222,961 including 213,448 recoveries and 2,343 deaths while as total number of positive cases in Jammu division have reached to 132,913 including 125,085 recoveries and 2,218 deaths.
The officials said that the total number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir are 12,860 including 7,170 from Kashmir division and 5,690 from Jammu division.
With 390 more recoveries, the tally of total recoveries in Jammu and Kashmir has reached 338,453 which is 95.10 percent of the total cases.
“Cases tested positive in J&K include 624 from Srinagar, 471 from Baramulla, 416 from Budgam, 67 from Pulwama, 137 from Kupwara, 228 from Anantnag, 117 from Bandipora, 21 from Ganderbal, 37 from Kulgam and 04 Shopian in Kashmir division while as 1,129 from Jammu division include 685 from Jammu division, 125 from Udhampur, 34 from Rajouri, 24 from Doda, 59 from Kathua, 93 from Samba, 29 from Kishtwar, 35 from Poonch, 03 from Ramban and 42 from Reasi,” officials disclosed.
Meanwhile, authorities said that no fresh cases of Mucormycosis popularly known as black fungus was reported in the UT and the tally stands at 51.
As per officials figures, 81,781 positive cases including 885 deaths and 78,128 recoveries are from Srinagar, 27,849 including 292 deaths and 25,752 recoveries are from Baramulla, 25,623 including 24,469 recoveries and 221 deaths are from Budgam, 15,944 including 15,584 recoveries and 195 deaths are from Pulwama, 15,403 including 170 deaths and 14,880 recoveries are from Kupwara, 17,206 including 16,563 recoveries and 210 deaths are from Anantnag, 10,543 cases including 10,096 and 111 deaths are from Bandipora, 11,126 including 10,950 recoveries and 82 deaths are from Ganderbal, 11,848 including 11,465 recoveries and 118 deaths are from Kulgam and 5,638 including 5,561 recoveries and 59 deaths are from Shopian.
In Jammu division, 58,013 including 53,382 recoveries and 1,167 deaths are from Jammu district, 12,042 including 11,402 recoveries and 141 deaths are from Udhampur, 11,636 including 11,175 recoveries and 240 deaths are from Rajouri, 8,213 including 7,942 recoveries and 138 deaths are from Doda, 9,844 including 9,318 recoveries and 155 deaths are from Kathua, 7,438 including 7,093 recoveries and 120 deaths are from Samba, 4,977 including 4,843 recoveries and 44 deaths are from Kishtwar, 6,883 including 6,545 recoveries and 102 deaths are from Poonch, 6,155 including 6,057 recoveries and 67 deaths are from Ramban and 7,712 including 7,248 recoveries and 44 deaths are from Reasi.
As per the daily information bulletin 5,498,174 persons in Jammu and Kashmir are under observation while 7,336 persons have been kept under home quarantine besides that 12,860 persons are in isolation.
According to the bulletin, 5,040,535 persons have completed the surveillance period and 432,882 persons are under home surveillance besides that so far results of 20,221,622 samples are available. Out of 20,221,622 the number of samples tested negative stands at 19,865,748 while 355,874 have tested positive, among them 12,860 persons are active, 338,453 persons have recovered and 4,561 persons have died. Meanwhile, the government imposed week-end curfew across the Valley including Srinagar on Saturday. Police vans were making announcements asking shopkeepers to close shops while commuters were asked to follow Covid Appropriate Behavior (CAB). Many people who were found violating the CAB were slapped with fine
Lt Governor reviews Covid-19 situation across the UT
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today reviewed the Covid-19 situation across the UT in a series of meetings with the members of the Covid Task Force, DCs & SPs.
During the meetings, the Lt Governor reiterated the importance of Tele-consultation, expanding the services to far-flung areas and efficient monitoring of those in home isolation.
He also underlined the importance of involving the Community in awareness campaigns to sensitize people on mask usage and Covid protocol.
“We need to protect healthcare personnel, patients and communities, and accordingly our focus should remain on ramping up healthcare infrastructure, availability of oxygen, ventilators, essential medicines, etc”, the Lt Governor said.
The Lt Governor stressed that Testing, Tracing, Treatment, Covid Appropriate Behaviour and Vaccination will continue to be our strategy to effectively fight the Covid-19.
He impressed upon the officials to ensure proper implementation of Covid Protocol and CAB among the people to effectively break the chain of transmission.
The Lt Governor was briefed about the Covid containment measures at the district level including the functionality of War rooms, Covid help-lines, IEC campaign regarding Covid Appropriate Behaviour, distribution of Covid kits, besides facilities for extending assistance to people in need.
The chair also took stock of the vaccination drive for the 15-18 years age group and the precaution dose vaccination for healthcare & frontline workers and those over 60 years of age with co-morbidities.
Deputy Commissioners and other concerned officials were directed to widely publicize the COVID helpline numbers and other emergency contact numbers.
Sh Vivek Bhardwaj, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department gave a detailed briefing on the district-wise analysis of the Covid-19 situation, the status of testing, contact tracing and vaccination across the UT, besides the status of bed occupancy in the designated hospitals.
It was informed that five districts – Kulgam, Shopian, Anantnag, Ganderbal and Poonch have completed the 100% coverage of 1st dose of vaccination in the 15-18 years age group, besides 70% of the total targeted population in the 15-18 years age group has been inoculated with the first dose across the UT.
The chair also took stock of the implementation of directions passed in previous meetings.
Sh Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lt Governor; Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Sh Atal Dulloo, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Department; Sh Shailendra Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Government, Public Works (R&B) Department; Sh Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lt Governor; besides Senior officers of Civil and police administration attended the meeting, in person and through virtual mode.
India logs over 2.35 lakh new COVID-19 cases, daily positivity rate down to 13.39 pc
India has reported 2,35,532 new COVID-19 cases and 871 deaths in the last 24 hours, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.
As per government data, there was a decline in the daily positivity rate to 13.39 per cent from 15.88 per cent on Friday. The weekly positivity rate also dipped to 16.89 per cent from 17.47 per cent yesterday.
India’s active caseload currently stands at 20,04,333 while the active cases account for 4.91 per cent of total cases.
With 3,35,939 recoveries from the infection reported in the last 24 hours, the cumulative recoveries mounted to 3,83,60,710. The recovery rate of the country has also improved to 93.89 per cent from 93.60 per cent on Friday.
In the last 24 hours, 17,59,434 tests were conducted, the ministry said.
The death toll is at 4,93,198 and the case fatality rate is 1.21 per cent.
In the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive across the country, 165.04 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far. Notably, India’s vaccination drive commenced on January 16, 2021.
48-hr-long weekend lockdown begins across J&K
In a bid to prevent the Covid-19 from spreading, the 64-hour-long weekend lockdown has begun across Jammu and Kashmir on Friday for the third straight week in the Union Territory.
The weekend lockdown was announced by the State Executive Committee (SEC) headed by the Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir following the surge in the Covid-9 cases in Jammu and Kashmir from the past couple of weeks.
All the markets, business establishments and other non-essential services remained closed from the afternoon erewhile public traffic was also off the roads.
However, policemen at different places were seen implementing the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as a number of persons who were found without face masks were fined. The commuters without face masks were also being fined, witnesses said.
The lockdown will continue till Monday morning.
Pertinently, Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, has 260 Micro Containment Zones as a number of cases were detected from these localities.
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