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JK reports 977 new Covid-19 cases, 16 deaths

JK reports 977 new Covid-19 cases, 16 deaths
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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir reported 977 fresh covid-19 cases, the lowest single-day spike in two months, even as 16 more people succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours, officials said on Monday.
288 of the fresh cases were confirmed from Jammu Division and 689 from Kashmir Valley, taking the overall tally to 301467.
Last time it was on April 8 when J&K reported lesser than the cases confirmed officially today as 808 cases were reported then.
Regarding the 16 COVID-19 deaths, they said, seven were reported from Jammu Division and nine from the Valley.
Giving district-wise details, the officials said that Srinagar reported 161 cases, Baramulla 44,Budgam 103, Pulwama 95, Kupwara 107, Anantnag 66, Bandipora 35, Ganderbal 42, Kulgam 28, Shopian 8, Jammu 100, Udhampur 34, Rajouri 29, Doda 36, Kathua 7, Samba 18, Kishtwar 17, Poonch 12, Ramban 22 and Reasi 13.
Moreover, they said, 4178 more COVID-19 patients have recovered, 1178 from Jammu Division and 3000 from Kashmir. There are 23524 active positive cases—8723 in Jammu and 14801 in Kashmir.
Also, one fresh confirmed case of mucormycosis (black fungus) has been reported today, bringing the cumulative number of confirmed cases to 16 in the J&K.
Interestingly, as the Covid-19 graph that has shown a significant dip the government claimed that its focus was ramping up the health infrastructure to tackle the possible third wave.
Official spokesperson of the Directorate of Health Services Kashmir Dr Mir Mushtaq said that the situation is improving which is a good sign and hopefully very soon, people of Kashmir would be able to resume their normal work.
“Lockdown and unlock decisions are being taken by taking all parameters into consideration. Last year, unlock was done to give breather to public as economic activities were closed for many months altogether,” he said. “Second wave behaved differently and there were more severe patients, however, 90 percent patients were treated at their home this year.”
Asked about referrals from district hospitals to Srinagar hospitals, Dr Mushtaq said that at some stages referrals are a must as every major hospital in Srinagar is tertiary care hospital. He, however, said that there should be a focus on preventing the “unnecessary referrals” to Srinagar hospitals from districts.
“Let me tell you, infrastructure at district hospitals was developed in a quickest possible time and referrals are less compared to previous years,” he said.
Replying to a query, he said that no one in J&K died for want of oxygen or ICU bed as government has worked very hard and more and more ICU beds were created and now even oxygen beds have been made available at panchayat level as well. (with inputs from KNO)


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