493 new cases today; total 11,666

2nd highest single-day spike in J&K; Hospitals barred from speaking to media
493 new cases today; total 11,666
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J&K witnessed second highest single-day spike in COVID19 cases on Wednesday, with 493 persons testing positive for the infection. The total number of cases reached 11,666.

In the past 24 hours, 7,816 tests were carried out in J&K, of which, 493 samples came out positive, revealed official data. A total of 6.3 percent of all samples were tested and reported today, the highest for any day, the official data revealed.

A health official said a major proportion of the samples were tested at private labs that J&K government had roped in to clear the backlog at SKIMS Soura and SKIMS Bemina hospital.

Among the positive cases reported on Wednesday, 436 were from Kashmir, while 57 were from Jammu. The district-wise break-up included 153 cases from Srinagar, 72 from Anantnag, 47 from Kulgam, 44 from Baramulla, 42 from Budgam, 41 from Pulwama, 18 from Bandipora, 10 from Kupwara, six from Ganderbal and three from Shopian.

With 153 cases in Srinagar, the highest reported for a single day for any district in J&K, the total number has reached 2086. Of these, 1,488 patients, as per the official data, 1488 were admitted to the hospitals. Only 549 patients from Srinagar have recovered till date, a little over 25 percent of the total reported cases.

Two more districts, Baramulla and Kulgam, have over 1,000 cases. While Baramulla has 766 active cases, the district recorded the highest number of deaths in a day today. The death toll of Baramulla rose from 38 to 43. Kulgam has 374 active cases of the 1073 reported till date.

At least seven doctors tested positive today in Kashmir while a 2-month-old from Budgam was also among the new cases. The data showed 57 cases reported today were travelers returning from outside J&K.

Till date, as per the media bulletin, 114 people were discharged from the hospitals after they recovered from COVID19 infection. Anantnag saw 41 people being declared recovered today. Currently, 5123 cases are undergoing treatment for the viral infection here while 6,337 have recovered.

Out of the 57 cases from Jammu, 50 were returning from outside the UT. In Kashmir, of the total cases reported today, only seven were returnees.

Hospitals barred from speaking to media

The J&K administration on Wednesday barred hospitals from issuing any COVID19 related information to the media "to avoid confusion."

An order issued by Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulooo, on Wednesday ordered healthcare institutions – SKIMS Soura, GMC Srinagar/Jammu, SKIMS Bemina and directorates of health in Jammu and Kashmir to desist from issuing information to media on "COVID19 related activities".

These institutions have been directed to submit their daily reports to Mission Director NHM for compilation. The reason for issuing this order, the document says, is to avoid confusion.

The order reads, "It has been observed that all the institutions at their own are giving official statements to the press and electronic media separately regarding the COVID Lab testing conducted in their respective institutions, as a result there is every likelihood of confusion on the exact number of total lab tests being carried out in all the labs of the UT."

Following the order, all hospital administrators stopped issuing information on COVID19 related deaths that took place in their institutions.

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