Jammu region recorded more COVID19 positive cases than Kashmir as 202 tested positive on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Jammu district administration, which earlier in the day ordered the closure of two shopping complexes near Dogra Chowk and a branch of J&K Bank following detection of cases, declared 6 micro-containment zones in city (urban) areas.
As per official figures, Jammu region recorded as many as 202 COVID 19 cases, including 26 travellers.
“119 cases, including 11 travellers, were detected in Jammu district, 33 positive cases, including 4 pilgrims, in Reasi, 14 in Udhampur, 8 in Rajouri, 7 in Kathua, 4 in Kishtwar, 2 in Samba, one in Doda, 13 in Poonch district and one in Ramban district,” officials quoting daily health bulletin stated.
A 45-year-old woman from Bhatindi on outskirts of Jammu City, who was unvaccinated and co-morbid, succumbed to COVID-19 in the Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu while a 45-year-old man hailing from village Palma in Manjakote area of Rajouri district died of co-morbidities and pathogen at ASCOMS Hospital Sidhra.
A senior IAS officer, who is on deputation to Jammu and Kashmir, an IPS officer in the rank of Additional Director General of Police and a Chief Engineer tested positive for COVID-19.
Sixteen persons including one Surgeon, one dental surgeon and a Staff Nurse and rest patients tested positive for pathogen in Sarwal Hospital, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Jaipal Singh said.
“Following steep rise in COVID19 cases in the district, random sampling of various crowded places and shopping complexes in Jammu was being conducted,” an official said.
Accordingly, the official said that the “sampling of thirty people, including employees in the Trends shopping complex was conducted.”
“Fifteen of them tested positive. Similarly, the samples of twenty-six people, including employees, were taken at the Pantaloons shopping complex. Four of them tested COVID19 positive. Both the complexes have been closed for next 48 hours for sanitization,” the official said.
Similarly J&K Bank branch at Gandhi Nagar was closed for sanitization after few cases were detected there, the official added. He said, “RT-PCR tests were conducted in the Pollution Control Board near Transport Nagar also today and the test reports are awaited. We have planned a schedule for sampling in crowded places as the cases are mounting every day.”
The official further said that six COVID19 cases i.e., three each surfaced in Trikuta Nagar and in Janipur.
Later, the District Magistrate Jammu Anshul Garg declared six micro-containment zones viz., lane near House Number 100, Sector No 4, Roop Nagar in Janipur; area in and around J&K Bank, Amphalla-Pacca Danga; Lane near House Number 127, Sector Number 2, Trikuta Nagar Extension, Trikuta Nagar; Lane Number 7, Channi Himmat; Lane Number 2 near Sector Number 2, Shant Nagar, Janipur and Lane Near House Number 47, Sector Number 6, Trikuta Nagar, Jammu following detection of COVID19 positive cases.
“These areas shall remain under strict lock down and tight perimeter control, except for essential needs,” read the order issued by DM Jammu. It further stated that no movement whatsoever in and out of the micro containment zones would be allowed.
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.
Five fresh COVID deaths, 4,354 new cases in J&K
Jammu and Kashmir on Friday recorded a single-day spike of 4354 new COVID-19 cases- 2914 in Kashmir and 1440 in Jammu-even as two new deaths were reported in Kashmir and three in Jammu division in the last 24 hours.
The case tally has risen to 424085 while the death toll jumped to 4,647-2,379 in Kashmir and 2,268 in Jammu, officials said.
A total of 374282 patients have recovered from the disease so far including the 5850 in the last 24 hours.
Active cases stand at 45156-11110 in Jammu and 34046 in Kashmir.
Covid-19: India reports over 2.51 lakh new cases with positivity rate at 15.88%; 627 deaths
India recorded 2,51,209 new cases of the novel coronavirus, along with 627 deaths due to the infection in the past 24 hours. According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Friday (January 28), the country saw 3,47,443 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery rate at around 93.60 per cent, and total recoveries data reached 3,80,24,771.
The total active cases of COVID-19 in India have declined to 21,05,611 (5.18 per cent), the ministry data showed today.
The total death toll in the country is now at 4,92,327. The first death due to the COVID pandemic in India was reported in March 2020.
The daily positivity rate is at 15.88 per cent today. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 72,37,48,555 samples have been tested up to January 27 for COVID-19. Of these, 15,82,307 samples were tested on Thursday.
Meanwhile, according to data released by the health department, Delhi reported 4,291 fresh Covid-19 cases on Thursday and 34 deaths. As a result, the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) in the national capital dropped to 9.56 per cent.
On Wednesday, the national capital reported 7,498 fresh COVID-19 cases and 29 deaths in a day as the positivity rate rose marginally to 10.59 per cent.
In view of the decline in fresh Covid cases, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority decided to lift weekend curfew and the odd-even system of opening non-essential shops in the city besides allowing restaurants, bars, cinema halls and theatres to reopen with 50 per cent capacity.
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