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92% health workers, 95% policemen have COVID-19 antibodies: Sero prevalence Survey



According to the recent sero prevalence around 92 percent health care workers and 95 percent policemen have developed antibodies against Covid-19 infection.

The study also shows that vaccination rates among health care workers and cops were over 70 percent and 98 percent respectively.

An official said that the sero prevalence studies conducted across all districts of Kashmir in July this year also included two sub groups of health care providers and police personnel.

An official said that data and blood samples from 731 health care workers and 981 samples from police personnel were collected using customized Epicollect5 application while blood was testing by department of Biochemistry GMC Srinagar on Abbott Architect auto-analysers using chemiluminescent immunoassay technique.

“The sero prevalence among health care providers was 91.66 percent and at the time of sampling, 60.33 percent health care providers had taken both doses while another 19.15 percent had taken a single shot,” an official said, adding that the vaccination coverage has gone up since samples were taken.

“What’s more surprising is that 95.31 percent of police personnel have shown antibodies against SARS CoV-2 Infection and 90.01 percent police personnel had taken both jabs while another 19.15 percent had received single shot when data was collected in July this year, which must have scaled up to almost 100 percent by now for both doses,” an official said

Reportedly not a single police personnel has been admitted with COVID severity.

“The data from these two subsets of population is showing a promising trend against 84.3 percent sero positivity among the general population, as these two sub groups have been almost covered with full immunization against COVID,” an official said.

“These figures encourage that all eligible persons shall get both jabs of COVID vaccination to prevent severity of disease and hospital admissions,” said Dr. S. Muhammad Salim Khan, Professor and HOD, Community Medicine Government College Srinagar and principal investigator of the study.

The study was conducted by Government Medical College Srinagar in collaboration with Community Medicine departments of SKIMS, SKIMS Medical College Srinagar, Government Medical College Anantnag and Government Medical College Baramulla with full support from directorate of health sciences Kashmir and J&K national health mission.

The samples were tested in bio-safety level-2 lab of department of Biochemistry GMC Srinagar while its department of community medicine was the central coordinating unit.


Beware: Lady thief roaming the streets of Roop Nagar




Another theft case of ₹7,200 has been reported from a boutique named ” The Hanger’ located on the main road in Roop Nagar, Jammu.

A lady who visited the boutique duped the owner and took away garments amounting to a total of ₹7,200.

The owner at first didn’t recognise the lady, but she pretended as if she was their regular customer.

“After selecting the garments, she asked for an assistant boy to come along and will make the payment to him as she reaches her residence”, the owner said.

She instead fooled the owner and the boy as well and wasn’t seen anywhere after that.

The boutique owner has filed a complaint in the nearest police station on January 18.

Police are investigating the matter, and soon the lady thief would be caught; till then, the locals are advised to beware of such miscreants.

Aditi Tikku


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2 vehicles loaded with 432 KG banned Polythene Seized




J&K Pollution Control Committee today seized two vehicles and 432 KG of banned polythene carry bags of below 75 microns.
A team of J&K Pollution Control Committee headed by Divisional Officer, JKPCC Jammu South seized a Scooty (Honda Activa-125) carrying banned polythene carry bags weighing (Approx.) 12 KG, In another major crackdown a Mahindra Pick up van bearing registration no. PB06AZ7742 was intercepted by the JKPCC team at Anti Polythene Check Post Lakhanpur and recovered 21 bags weighing 420 Kgs of banned polythene carry bags from the said vehicle being carried to UT of J&K. Manufacturing, stocking, distribution, sale and use of Polythene Carry bags below 75 microns has been banned as per GoI Notification G.S.R. 57(E) dated 12.08.2021.
J&K Pollution Control Committee has appealed to the general public to stop the purchase and use of polythene carry bags below 75 microns thickness.
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Jammu’s Super Specialty Hospital wears deserted look




Super Speciality Hospital Jammu

The premises of the Government Super Specialty Hospital Jammu wore a deserted look after many management officials, doctors, and paramedic staff tested positive for COVID-19.

With a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Out Patient Department (OPD) also saw a minimum presence of patients.

On their entry to the hospital, Rapid Antigen Tests are performed on the patients.

“The people who return COVID-19 positive results are not permitted entry into the hospital while people with negative reports are allowed to move into the OPD,” an official said.

“The authorities are allowing only 50 patients in each department of OPD for a checkup every day while around 150 patients used to visit the departments usually,” the official said.

He said that the people had also become conscious and they too were avoiding coming to the hospital unless it was an emergency.

“Routine surgeries have been stopped and only emergency surgeries are being conducted in the operation theatres,” the official said. “Around one-third of people come for an OPD checkup at the hospital now. As the people are tested on their entry to the hospital, many avoid coming to the hospital.”

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Covid-19 Stats

21 Jan 2022, 8:05 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

38,566,027 Total Cases
488,422 Death Cases
36,058,806 Recovered Cases


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