With 7-fold rise in 1 month, Central health team to assist docs in Jammu

Agencies. Updated: 9/17/2020 11:05:06 AM Front Page

1590 cases push J&K tally close to 60k, deaths 937

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: With the winter capital registering a 7-fold increase in active positive Covid-19 cases in past one month, Centre has deputed a team of health experts from the Union Health Ministry to Jammu, to assist the union territory administration, even as Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday recorded 1,590 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of cases in the union territory to 58,244.
19 more patients of Covid-19 including 11 from Jammu region died in last 24 hours, pushing the total count of fatalities due to the deadly virus to 937, while led by 221 cases from the winter capital alone, Jammu region (832) outnumbered the Kashmir Valley (758) once again, while as many as 747 patients were discharged from the hospitals following their treatment—275 in Jammu and 472 in Kashmir.
With this the recoveries settled at 37809, while the actives positive cases now stand at 19503, including 10954 from Jammu region and 8549 from Kashmir Valley.
In view of the rising coronavirus cases in Jammu, a team is being immediately sent there to assist the administration, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday.
Singh, the minister of state for personnel and Lok Sabha member from Udhampur constituency, said he has spoken to Lt Governor Manoj Sinha in this regard.
"Have taken up with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the issue of alarming #COVID situation in #Jammu. A special team of union Health Ministry is being immediately deputed to visit #Jammu and assist the UT Government. Also spoken to LG Sh Manoj Sinha regarding this," Singh tweeted.
An official spokesman of the UT administration said that the team will help with patient management, treatment protocols and other issues to help manage the steep rise in new infections in Jammu district in past one month.
“Govt of India deputing team of senior doctors and experts to J&K. Team will help local experts with patient management, treatment protocols, oxygen availability and other medical issues to help manage surge in COVID positive cases particularly in Jammu,” an official statement said.
In last 30 days, Jammu district has recorded as many as 7254 new cases, an increase of 370%, while 77 people have died in this period, making for an increase of 266%.
However, what is more worrying is the fact that the active positives have increased by 5313, a spike of 702%. In past one month, the recovery rate has fallen from 60% to 33%, while the rate of active positives has increased from 38% to 66%.
Ninteen coronavirus-related fatalities were reported in the past 24 hours – 11 in the Jammu region and 8 in the Valley -- taking the death toll to 937 in the Union Territory.
As per media bulletin, 11 deceased from Jammu division include seven from Jammu district, and one each from Udhampur, Rajouri, Kathua, Samba and Ramban.
The victims among others from Jammu district included a 79-year-old man from Swran Vihar Ban Talab Muthi, a 45-year-old from Nanak Nagar, a 63-year-old woman from Trikuta Nagar, a 72-year-old from Nanak Nagar, a 79-year-old from Ban Talab Mathi and a 46-year-old from Gorkha Nagar Jammu.
The victims from Valley include two residents of Srinagar and Kupwara besides one each from Budgam, Bandipora, Shopian and Kulgam districts.
Among others, the victims from the valley includes a 70-year-old from Nowhatta Srinagar, a 57-year-old woman from Verinag Anantnag, a 40-year-old from Chadoora Budgam, a 28-year-old man from Gund Ibharim Pattan, a man from Shopain and 70-year-old woman from Umer Colony Lal Bazar.
With these deaths, the fatality count in Jammu and Kashmir has reached 937.
There was no let up in new infections as Jammu and Kashmir recorded 1,590 new COVID-19 cases, taking the union territory's infection tally to 58,244.
Of the 832 fresh cases in Jammu region, Jammu district reported the highest 221 cases, while 44 were reported from Udhampur, 147 from Rajouri, 80 from Kathua, 39 from Samba, 92 from Poonch, 39 from Ramban, 114 from Doda, 24 from Reasi and 32 from Kishtwar.
As per a media bulletin, among the 758 fresh Valley cases, 225 were reported from Srinagar, 119 from Budgam, 92 from Baramulla, 70 from Pulwama, 37 from Anantnag, 74 from Kupwara, 42 from Bandipora, 13 from Kulgam, and 86 from Ganderbal.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 58244 positive cases, 19503 are Active Positive, 37809 have recovered and 932 have died; 185 in Jammu division and 747 in Kashmir division.
The Bulletin further said that out of 1297329 test results available, 1239085 samples have been tested as negative till September 16, 2020.
Till date 530708 travelers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for observation which included 31140 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 19503 in isolation and 63886 under home surveillance. Besides, 415247 persons have completed their surveillance period.

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