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77 deaths in April so far: Kashmir admin admits Covid situation alarming, appeals for calm

Jammu and Kashmir administration Wednesday said the COVID-19 situation in the region is “challenging” with cases rising steadily, but there is no need to panic.

It also advised eligible people to go for vaccination and adopt Covid-appropriate behaviour to help the government defeat the virus.

“We have a steady increase in Covid cases that reached a peak in September last year touching 22,000 active cases which later went down to 600 active cases. We are again seeing a sharp increase and the peaks of September last year have been breached,” Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said.

He said the government is trying its best to control the situation without going into a complete lockdown.

He said the government is monitoring the situation and has taken various steps like placing certain restrictions while ensuring that economic activity is not impacted.

Kansal was joined by Financial Commissioner, health and medical education, Atal Dulloo and Secretary, Disaster Management Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Department, Simrandeep Singh, Dulloo said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is challenging because the Covid-19 cases and deaths are rising.

“We have 13,400 active cases to date. Last year, the maximum of 22,000 active cases were in September,” he said, adding the recovery rate in Jammu and Kashmir stands at 89.6 per cent, while the mortality rate has been 1.38 per cent since the outbreak of the pandemic.

In April this year, 77 deaths have taken place while the positivity has reached 2.5 per cent which is more than the cumulative positivity of last year, he said.

The positivity on Tuesday was 5.2 percent, Dulloo said.

“We are following the five-pillar strategy to deal with the situation — testing, containment and surveillance, isolation and treatment, covid-appropriate behaviour and vaccination,” he said.

He said Jammu and Kashmir is conducting 40,000 tests daily — 10,000 RT-PCR ones and 30,000 RAT (Rapid-Antigen Test) ones — and its average stands at 2,500 tests per million per day.

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