#COVID-19 || Highest single-day spike in J&K this year with 812 cases

TNN Bureau. Updated: 4/8/2021 10:36:53 AM Front Page

Science College shut for 2 days after 35 tested +ve || Admin rules out restrictions, bats for collective efforts

Jammu: With 812 new cases, the Jammu and Kashmir recorded highest single day spike of this year, the fresh cases pushed the total tally to 1,34,827 while the six fresh fatalities across the Union Territory took the toll to 2018. Moreover, the primer educational institution Gandhi Memorial Science College closed after 35 tested positive for the infection in premises and the district administration termed the situation alarming.
Of the fresh cases, 347 were from Jammu division and 465 from Kashmir division of the Union territory.
In total cases, at least 35 Covid-19 infections were detected among staffers and students at Government Gandhi Memorial (GGM) Science College, Canal Road in Jammu district during a mass sampling drive on Wednesday prompting the administration to close the institution.
“The 35 cases comprise staffers and 23 students who tested positive out of 420 samples tested in total, Principal of the college, Ravinder Kumar Tikkoo said.
Tikkoo said they have decided to close the institution for proper sanitization “for several days”.
This is the highest number of single day cases reported in Jammu and Kashmir this year so far.
The UT had less than 1,000 active cases on March 15 while the number of fresh cases crossed the three-digit mark from March 16.
The officials said Srinagar district recorded the highest of 238 cases, including 57 travellers, followed by 138 in Jammu and 79 in Udhampur district.
For the first time in past several months, all 20 districts of Jammu and Kashmir have reported fresh COVID cases.
The number of active cases has now breached 5,000 mark again, rising to 5,035 in the UT, while 1,27,774 patients have recovered so far, the officials said.
The death toll in the UT due to the pandemic is 2,018 as six fresh deaths -- four from Jammu region and two from Kashmir valley -- were reported in the past 24 hours.
With 254 more recoveries, the tally of total recoveries in Jammu and Kashmir has reached 127,774 which is 94.76 percent of the total cases.
“Cases tested positive in J&K include 239 from Srinagar, 78 from Baramulla, 42 from Budgam, 11 from Pulwama, 23 from Kupwara, 27 from Anantnag, 17 from Bandipora, 11 from Ganderbal, 08 from Kulgam and 09 from Shopian in Kashmir division while as 347 from Jammu division include 138 from Jammu, 79 from Udhampur, 04 from Rajouri, 07 from Doda, 29 from Kathua, 11 from Samba, 09 from Kishtwar, 04 from Poonch, 04 from Ramban and 62 from Reasi," officials disclosed.
As per officials figures, 30,409 positive cases including 477 deaths and 28,115 recoveries are from Srinagar, 9,362including 181 deaths and 8,516 recoveries are from Baramulla, 8,493 including 8,010 recoveries and 122 deaths are from Budgam, 6,050 including 5,837 recoveries and 92 deaths are from Pulwama, 5,906 including 97 deaths and 5,696 recoveries are from Kupwara, 5,283 including 5,068 recoveries and 96 deaths are from Anantnag, 4,841 cases including 4,684 and 63 deaths are from Bandipora, 4,773 including 4,654 recoveries and 49 deaths are from Ganderbal, 2,970 including 2,716 recoveries and 56 deaths are from Kulgam and 2,687 including 2,600 recoveries and 40 deaths are from Shopian.
In Jammu division, 26,530 including 25,270 recoveries and 386 deaths are from Jammu district, 4,508 including 4,288 recoveries and 58 deaths are from Udhampur, 3,928 including 3,831 recoveries and 56 deaths are from Rajouri, 3,478 including 3,391 recoveries and 64 deaths are from Doda, 3,444 including 3,282 recoveries and 53 deaths are from Kathua, 2,900 including 2,808 recoveries and 41 deaths are from Samba, 2,766 including 2,734 recoveries and 22 deaths are from Kishtwar, 2,567 including 2,511 recoveries and 26 deaths are from Poonch, 2,169 including 2,119 recoveries and 23 deaths are from Ramban and 1,763 including 1,644 recoveries and 16 deaths are from Reasi.
As per the daily information bulletin 1,566,425 persons in Jammu and Kashmir are under observation while 60,002 persons have been kept under home quarantine besides that 5,035 persons are in isolation.
According to the bulletin, 1,376,088 persons have completed surveillance period and 123,282 persons are under home surveillance besides that so far results of 6,329,888 samples are available. Out of 6,329,888 the number of samples tested negative stands at 6,195,061 while as 134,827 have tested positive, among them 5,035 persons are active, 127,774 persons have recovered and 2,018 persons have died
Meanwhile, the Jammu administration Wednesday termed the resurgence of COVID-19 cases as alarming saying that there is a huge spike in regular cases and that the authorities are increasing the testing facilities while people need to follow the SoPs in spirit.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Raghav Lahnger while addressing a news conference said that in the past three weeks, there has been a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the Jammu division particularly in the Jammu district and few other districts. “The daily number of 10-15 cases has gone up to around 350 of which the highest figures are from Jammu district only which is an alarming situation,” he said.
He said the people must follow the behavioral change that includes wearing a mask, maintaining physical and other precautionary measures.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu said many of the Union Territories and other places have gone for restrictions and night curfews in the wake of the spike in COVID-19 cases. “Nothing of that sort will happen in Jammu provided if everyone extends cooperation and adhere to precautionary measures,” he said. “We must adhere to all the precautionary measures and not fall to the trend of COVID-19 that is emerging besides acting sensitively and get vaccinated.”

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