After declaring Jammu University a non-micro containment zone, new Covid-19 guidelines were issued by the University officials on Sunday.
The authorities allowed the University employees to resume their work from 19th April as maximum students tested negative in the RTPCR test for corona virus. The new notice issued would be applicable till 30th April.
According to the new guidelines, the University teaching staff constituting Campus Deans, Heads, Director of the respective teaching departments, Directorates, Dean student welfare, Administrative officers, Deputy Registrars, Assistant Registrars and other controlling officers including library staff would be resuming their works by travelling to the University.
The non-teaching staff which constitutes employees below the rank of Assistant registrar would be working online under the supervision of their respective controlling officers, provided they keep their mobiles switched on. Covid negative employees could be called to the University by the controller office in need hours.
The controlling officer would be responsible for all the offline work done in respect to their departments following the SOPs provided by the Administration. while the teaching will continue in online mode.
The working of essential University services like security, healthcare and sanitisation will be continued. The students are free to reside in the University hostel on contacting the warden.
No employee would be allowed to travel out of Station without prior permission from the respect controlling officer, the notice read. Also, he would be allowed inside the campus after presenting a covid negative report lasting for 72 hours, if the employee has travelled out of the UT.
Keeping the rise in cases in consideration, the notice has issued regular sanitisation of the University campus including the Hostel and residences.
New guidelines would be updated by the University on its web portals.
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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