JK reports a spike of 718 COVID infections, tally rises to 16,429

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday reported a second-biggest single-day spike in COVID infections with 718 additions including 98 travellers, taking the overall tally to 16,429.

Sources said that among them include 117 from Jammu division and 601 from Kashmir including at least 50 CRPF personnel.

Moreover, 102 COVID patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals—18 from Jammu division and 84 from the Valley.

Giving district-wise details, officials said that Srinagar reported 158, Baramulla 29, Kulgam 106, Shopian 109, Anantnag 33, Kupwara 32, Pulwama 56, Budgam 34, Bandipora 42, Ganderbal 2, Jammu 47, Kathua8, Rajouri 15, Udhampur 7, Ramban 20, Samba 5, Doda 4, Poonch 5, Kishtwar 2 and Reasi 4.

Besides infections, Kashmir on Thursday reported six more deaths attributed to COVID, taking the fatality count due to the virus in Jammu and Kashmir to 285.

All the deaths were reported from Srinagar’s SKIMS hospital and deceased patients belonged to different areas of the valley.

With cases of COVID rising at a fast clip in India, the central and state governments have implemented a series of steps aimed at curbing the threat.

In Kashmir, the administration has announced a complete lockdown in areas of Kashmir zone which have been categorized as red zones due to spike in the number of COVID cases.

In wake of the COVID outbreak, recent research published by United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), said that at least 40 million children worldwide have missed out on early childhood education in their critical pre-school year due to the COVID closing the childcare and early education facilities.

Earlier on July 21, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) chief Shekhar C Mande asserted that airborne transmission of COVID is indeed a “distinct possibility” and advised people to wear masks even in enclosed spaces.


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