DHSK asks CMOs to increase testing rate amid spike in COVID cases

A healthcare worker conducts tests for COVID. [FPK File Photo/ Zainab]

Srinagar: Amid fresh spike in COVID cases in Kashmir, Directorate of Health Services Kashmir has directed all Chief Medical Officers of the Valley to increase rate of COVID testing and establish flu clinics at all health institutions.

According to an order, a copy of which lies with the news agency Kashmir News Observer, DHSK stated that there is no increase in the testing rate.

“Furthermore, there hasn’t been any increase in the proportion testing of RT- PCR which should be the benchmark of minimum 80% of total Coviid testing,” it reads.

DHSK directed CMOs to increase the rate of Covid19 testing, proportion of RT-PCR testing and ensure the establishment of flu clinics at all the health institutions as per the guidelines issued by MOHFW.

Earlier on Sunday, officials said that Jammu and Kashmir reported 19 fresh cases of COVID, taking the number of active cases to 148 while no death was reported in the last 24 hours.

18 have been reporter from Kashmir division and one from Jammu division, they said.

The total number of positive cases in Kashmir have reached to 305,631 including 303,074 recoveries and 2,433 deaths, while total number of positive cases in Jammu division have reached to 174,129 including 171,753 recoveries and 2,352 deaths.

The total number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir are 148 including 124 from Kashmir division and 24 from Jammu division.

Among the fresh 19 cases reported on Sunday, 6 are from Srinagar, 01 from Baramulla, 04 from Budgam,01 from Kupwara, 01 from Bandipora, 04 from Ganderbal and 01 from Kulgam in Kashmir division and one from Ramban in Jammu division.

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