COVID19: 2 deaths, 152 new cases in J&K
Men offer funeral prayers over a COVID-19 victim in Srinagar. [File]Aman Farooq/GK

COVID19: 2 deaths, 152 new cases in J&K

Srinagar: Two patients infected with COVID19 lost life in J&K today, the death toll during December 10 now. The fresh case count for Wednesday was 152.

With the threat of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV2, the health department has ordered that samples run on RT-PCR be increased in all districts in order to help the authorities catch the early trends. A circular issued by Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Mushtaq Ahmed Rather today has “impressed” upon the medical superintendents and CMOs across Kashmir to increase the RT-PCR testing in hospitals under their administrative control. The order has been issued to “keep a check on the spread of infection/virus”. Dr Rather said steps were being taken to have a “more representative picture” of the situation in districts in view of the changing situation and emergence of the Omicron variant. “RT-PCR tests are reliable and sensitive to all known variants,” he said.

The Rapid Antigen Tests have a lower sensitivity to SARS-CoV2 and can give a false negative result. Last week, Government of India wrote letters to J&K and a few other states regarding high number of cases overall, while giving a cumulative of cases over the past month. The UT was directed to ensure strict COVID19 protocols and take necessary measures to contain the resurgence of “another wave of Coronavirus”. On Saturday, the union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had said that J&K had reported 4806 new cases in the month ending December 3.

Today, as per the official bulletin on COVID19 said two people had lost life in the 24 hours preceding the issue of the data. One of the deceased was from Jammu division and the other from Kashmir division. In the month of December, 10 people have lost life to COVID19 as per the Government figures.

Today, 152 people were reported to have tested positive in J&K. The number of tests carried out and reported in the day was 55107. District Jammu saw 22 fresh cases, a rise in positives, Srinagar had 47 cases, Baramulla 18, Budgam 14 cases and Ganderbal 15.

Today, 12 people traveling to J&K from outside were among the fresh cases, all of these in the Jammu division. The official data said 57350 doses of vaccine were administered in the 20 districts. The highest vaccination took place in district Srinagar where over 10,000 people took the jab.

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