COVID19: 3 deaths, 119 new cases in J&K

Health workers and volunteers carry body of a patient who died of COVID-19, in Srinagar. [Image used for representational purpose only]
Health workers and volunteers carry body of a patient who died of COVID-19, in Srinagar. [Image used for representational purpose only]File Photo: Aman Farooq for Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: J&K continued to witness a high number of COVID19 deaths on Monday even as the daily case tally and number of active cases has been falling constantly. Today, three people infected with SARS-CoV2 succumbed to the illness and 119 people tested positive, J&K Government said.

Over the past 13 days, since December 1, 22 people have been reported to have lost lives to COVID19 by the official bulletin on the Pandemic. The deaths due to COVID19 have been constantly higher than the deaths attributed to the viral infection in the month of September and October, post the ebb of Second Wave.

In November when J&K started to have a spike in cases again, the deaths also saw an increase. In the previous month, fatalities caused by the Virus were reported. In December, the cases began to decrease slightly, however, the casualties attributed to the respiratory virus continue to remain high.

The unabated deaths by SARS-CoV2 has many doctors concerned, given that they expected a dip in the deaths with the falling positive percentage and daily cases. A senior doctor speaking to Greater Kashmir said that the deaths need an audit and an explanation. The doctor said either the number of people infected by the Virus is higher than what is reported; and the widespread infection in the community was responsible for high fatality rate. “Are we able to detect the cases well with our testing protocols, that is a question that needs an answer,” he said.

Another doctor said many people who were symptomatic were avoiding testing and reached hospitals late. “We have seen how tests and vaccination are still not well accepted in many areas,” he said. The doctor held this ‘hesitancy’ responsible for the high death toll.

Dr Rouf Hussain Rather, Community Medicine Specialist, working as In-charge of Data Analysis Section at Divisional COVID19 Control Room Kashmir said the deaths attributed to COVID19 were ‘in sync’ with the trend of cases. “When the cases abate, it takes 2-3 weeks for deaths to fall,” he said. He said there was a lag between case curve and death curve. “That lag, as per our experience of the past two waves, is of 2-3 weeks,” he said.

Today, three people lost life to COVID19 in J&K – two in Kashmir division and one in Jammu division. The death toll of the Virus reached 4498. In addition, one case of Mucormycosis was reported in the UT, the cumulative cases now 55.

The case tally of the day was 119 – 93 from Jammu division and 26 from Kashmir division. Srinagar had 48 new cases, while 20 were from Jammu district.

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