COVID cases resurge in Kashmir, Div Com says ‘situation under control’

A man comes out of COVID testing centre in Srinagar. [FPK File Photo/Zainab]

Says administration will issue fresh guidelines if cases increase further

Srinagar: Stating that there was no need to panic over the COVID resurgence in Jammu and Kashmir, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, V K Bidhuri on Wednesday said that the situation is under control. He, however, said that the guidelines related to the pandemic will be issued again if cases increase further.

Talking to the reporters, the Divisional Commissioner, as per the news agency Kashmir News Observer, said that the cases have started increasing, but the situation is under control and being monitored.

“It may be the seasonal fluctuation as witnessed in the past, but we are monitoring the situation and people who feel any symptoms should go for testing,” he said.

He added that if the cases increase further, the administration will come up with fresh guidelines.

On Tuesday, JK reported 31 fresh cases, taking the number of active cases to 156 while no death was reported in the last 24 hours. Among 31 new cases, 29 have been reported from Kashmir division and two from Jammu.

The total number of positive cases in Kashmir has reached to 305,679 including 303,125 recoveries and 2,433 deaths while total number of positive cases in Jammu division has reached to 174,152 including 171,764 and 2,353 deaths

The total number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir are 156 including 121 from Kashmir division and 35 from Jammu division.

Pertinently, Delhi recorded 521 fresh infections on Tuesday, the highest single-day rise since August 27 last year, and one death, according to data shared by the city health department. The positivity rate stood at 15.64%.

Delhi had recorded 573 positive cases on August 27 last year with a positivity rate of 3.62 per cent along with five deaths. The city’s Covid-19 death toll now stands at 26,533.

With the fresh cases, the city’s infection tally increased to 20,11,555. The data showed that 3,331 COVID tests were conducted on Monday.

Delhi has witnessed an increase in the number of fresh COVID cases over the last few days amid a sharp rise in H3N2 influenza cases in the country.

Delhi recorded 293 fresh cases on Monday with the positivity rate rising to 18.53 per cent, which meant nearly one out of every five people tested turned out to be positive.

Nearly 106 of the 7,989 beds are occupied in dedicated Covid hospitals in the city, while 1,093 patients are in home isolation, the health department said, as per PTI report.

The number of active cases of the infection currently stands at 1,710, it added. Amid a gradual increase in the number of Covid cases in Delhi, medical experts said the new XBB.1.16 variant of the virus could be driving the surge.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has said the rise in the number of influenza cases is due to the Influenza A sub-type H3N2 virus. The H3N2 virus is leading to more hospitalisation than the other sub-types. The symptoms include a runny nose, persistent cough and fever.

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