3 Covid deaths, 111 test positive in J&K

3 Covid deaths, 111 test positive in  J&K
Men offer funeral prayers over a COVID-19 victim in Srinagar. [File]Aman Farooq/GK

Srinagar: Three more people died of COVID19 in Kashmir today, while 111 people were reported to be positive across the UT, mostly from central and northern Kashmir.

One person each from Srinagar, Budgam and Bandipora succumbed to COVID19 today, an official bulletin on the viral pandemic issued by the Government said. It said that the death toll reached 4443 with these fatalities.

In the month of November, J&K has already recorded 11 COVID19 deaths, a steep escalation from the death toll due to the virus in the previous month when only 10 deaths were recorded in the entire month of October, although a similar number of cases were recorded.

Many doctors that Greater Kashmir spoke to raised concern over the rising number of deaths suspecting that the actual number of positive cases is much higher than what is detected. One senior doctor said, “Death toll can increase either when the number of cases increases steeply or when the virus changes.” He said that as per government report, there was no change in the virus strain. “Then it is clear that we have a much higher case tally than what we have reported,” he said.

The doctor said that the government needs to increase testing and surveillance to pave the way for early detection and have an efficient contact tracing mechanism in place.

Today, 111 people were found positive in the UT, with 38038 tests. Of these, 19 were from Jammu division while 92 were from Kashmir division. The percentage of samples found positive, among the total tested today is nearly 0.3. The majority of positive cases (44) were from Srinagar. District Budgam had 15 new cases while Baramulla had 10.

The bulletin said 96 people recovered from the viral infection today, 11 from Jammu division and 85 from Kashmir division. Currently, 1165 people are active positive in the UT.

The vaccination pace continued and 83836 doses were administered today.

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