Jammu and Kashmir Tuesday reported 199 fresh positive cases of COVID-19, thus taking the number of total active cases in the Union Territory to 1,541 while no death was reported in last 24 hours.
With no more deaths, the death toll in J&K stands at 4,530 and 199 fresh positive cases reported on Tuesday have pushed the tally of positive cases to 342,001.
Of the exact number of 342,001 cases, 215,467 are from Kashmir division and 126,534 from Jammu division.
Officials said that among 199 new cases, 109 belong to Kashmir division while as 90 are from Jammu division, adding that the total number of positive cases in Kashmir division have reached to 215,467 including 212,206 recoveries and 2,331 deaths while as total number of positive cases in Jammu division have reached to 126,534 including 123,724 recoveries and 2,199 deaths.
The officials said that the total number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir are 1,541 including 930 from Kashmir division and 611 from Jammu division.
With 156 more recoveries, the tally of total recoveries in Jammu and Kashmir has reached 335,930 which is 98.23 percent of the total cases.
“Cases tested positive in J&K include 62 from Srinagar, 03 from Baramulla, 14 from Budgam, 04 from Pulwama, 08 from Kupwara, 05 from Anantnag, 05 from Bandipora, 05 from Ganderbal, 03 each from Kulgam and 00 Shopian in Kashmir division while as 90 from Jammu division include 58 from Jammu division, 03 from Udhampur, 03 from Rajouri, 03 from Doda, 07 from Kathua, 02 from Samba, 01 from Kishtwar, 09 from Poonch, 04 from Ramban and 00 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, 78,996 positive cases including 883 deaths and 77,638 recoveries are from Srinagar, 26,037 including 291 deaths and 25,617 recoveries are from Baramulla, 24,541 including 24,263 recoveries and 217 deaths are from Budgam, 15,751 including 15,511 recoveries and 195 deaths are from Pulwama, 14,994 including 167 deaths and 14,771 recoveries are from Kupwara, 16,749 including 16,516 recoveries and 208 deaths are from Anantnag, 10,182 cases including 10,031 and 111 deaths are from Bandipora, 11,037 including 10,874 recoveries and 82 deaths are from Ganderbal, 11,561 including 11,427 recoveries and 118 deaths are from Kulgam and 5,619 including 5,558 recoveries and 59 deaths are from Shopian.
In Jammu division, 54,375 including 52,824 recoveries and 1,157 deaths are from Jammu district, 11,494 including 11,333 recoveries and 139 deaths are from Udhampur, 11,390 including 11,134 recoveries and 239 deaths are from Rajouri, 8,080 including 7,889 recoveries and 137 deaths are from Doda, 9,405 including 9,230 recoveries and 153 deaths are from Kathua, 7,189 including 7,053 recoveries and 120 deaths are from Samba, 4,856 including 4,809 recoveries and 44 deaths are from Kishtwar, 6,626 including 6,493 recoveries and 100 deaths are from Poonch, 6,085 including 6,006 recoveries and 67 deaths are from Ramban and 7,034 including 6,953 recoveries and 43 deaths are from Reasi.
As per the daily information bulletin 5,281,217 persons in Jammu and Kashmir are under observation while 7,946 persons have been kept under home quarantine besides that 1,541 persons are in isolation.
According to the bulletin, 4,832,276 persons have completed the surveillance period and 434,924 persons are under home surveillance besides that so far results of 19,563,849 samples are available. Out of 19,563,849 the number of samples tested negative stands at 19,221,848 while as 342,001 have tested positive, among them 1,541 persons are active, 335,930 persons have recovered and 4,530 persons have died
5,720 new COVID cases, five fresh deaths in J&K
Jammu and Kashmir on Friday recorded a single-day spike of 5720 new COVID-19 cases- 3830 in Kashmir and 1890 in Jammu-even as four new deaths were reported in the Jammu division and one in Kashmir in the last 24 hours.
The case tally has risen to 3,84,381 while the death toll jumped to 4,591-2,350 in Kashmir and 2,241 in Jammu, officials said.
A total of 344908 patients have recovered from the disease so far including 1877 in the last 24 hours.
Active cases have surged to 34882-11602 in Jammu and 23280 in Kashmir.
Centre Issues New Guidelines for Foreign Travellers
Travellers arriving in India from any country who will test positive for COVID-19 shall be treated/isolated as per the laid down standard protocol and will not mandatorily be managed at an isolation facility, authorities have said.
According to the revised Guidelines for International Arrivals’ released on Thursday, the new norm will apply from January 22 till further order.
The rest of the provisions have remained the same in the revised guidelines.
The existing guidelines state that travellers coming from any country including those considered at-risk shall be managed at an isolation facility and treated as per laid down standard protocol.
The revised guidelines removed the clause that mandated staying at an isolation facility upon arrival.
Passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to a medical facility as per health protocol.
If tested positive, their contacts shall be identified and managed as per protocol.
Foreign arrivals who test positive will still have to undergo home quarantine for seven days even after they test negative and undertake RT-PCR test on the 8th day of arrival in India.
Active cases in J&K see meteoric rise of 2100%
Driven by the Omicron variant, the number of active positive COVID cases in Jammu and Kashmir has recorded a meteoric rise of 2100 per cent in the last 20 days.
As per the official data, Jammu and Kashmir haو 31044 active positive cases currently. The number of active positive cases at the beginning of the month was a mere 1397.
Implying that in just 20 days, the number of active cases has increased by 29,647, which means a 2100 per cent increase in active cases since the beginning of January.
Active cases are the number of confirmed cases minus the number of recovered cases and deaths. It is the number of cases still considered to be infectious.
Srinagar has the highest number of active cases; Srinagar has 7367 active cases, followed by Jammu district where 6675 active cases have been reported. Baramulla has 4619 active cases, Budgam 2753, Pulwama 690, Kupwara 877, Anantnag 1559, Bandipora 942, Ganderbal 629, Kulgam 961, Shopian 112.
In Jammu division, Udhampur 1033, Rajouri 429, Doda 317, Kathua 575, Samba 557, Kishtwar 114, Poonch 308, Ramban 170, Reasi 357.
So far 343031 people have recovered, leaving active case tally at 31044—10535 in Jammu and 20509 in Kashmir.
As per doctors, the rise in active cases means an increase in hospitalisation rate which burdens the healthcare sector.
“Since August last year, the number of active cases was below 2000 which meant very few COVID patients required hospitalisation, but now there is a spurt in cases which is not a good sign,” said a senior health department official.
Doctors have been cautioning people to take this virus seriously and follow all COVID-related protocols.
Senior Critical Care Expert, Dr Showkat Shah said “there is a wrong notion that Omicron causes less severe COVID infection. That makes us less responsible to adopt Covid Appropriate Behavior because it has been a month-old virus only. We know very little about it, it can be more dangerous in the future as it can cause new mutant and more virulent viruses because of its rapid transmissibility.”
“Second worrying point is that it has been seen that Omicron is not responding to antibody cocktail treatment. The most effective steps individuals can take to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus is to keep a physical distance of at least 1 meter from others, wear a well-fitting double mask, open windows to improve ventilation, avoid poorly ventilated or crowded spaces, keep hands clean, cough or sneeze into a bent elbow or tissue, Get vaccinated when it’s their turn and importantly avoid unnecessary frequent visits of attendants to the hospitals,” Dr Shah said.
He said that with an increase in cases there are more chances of lockdowns which have hurt our economy badly. “In order to prevent lockdowns we need to be more cautious and ensure proper adherence of COVID protocols in order to keep the virus at bay.”
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