J&K records sharp spike in COVID cases

151 cases reported in 24-hours; Srinagar has over 50% cases
J&K records sharp spike in COVID cases
Men offer funeral prayers over a COVID-19 victim in Srinagar. [File]Aman Farooq/GK

Srinagar: Covid-19 witnessed a massive surge in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, with 151 people testing positive for the viral infection. The tally is the highest for a day in the UT over the past six weeks.

The spike in cases, official bulletin on Covid-19 said, is fuelled by the major rise in the number of cases reported from Srinagar district. The district had 79 of its residents testing and reported positive on Saturday, the media bulletin said. Of the total cases reported from J&K, the capital district was responsible for more than 52 percent of the cases.

Srinagar has emerged as a COVID19 hotspot in the past one month, fuelling the case tally and attributed for a majority of the cases. Currently, of the 968 active cases in Kashmir division, 554 (57 percent) are from district Srinagar only, showing the widespread infection and high caseload in the past two weeks.

Today’s cases were the highest single day rise in J&K in the past six weeks, since September 25. A senior official, while citing the data said J&K recorded a period of high number of cases in the second, third and fourth week of September and although the Second Wave had ended the three week period appeared as the beginning of the Third Wave. He said in the past one week, there has been a rise in the number of cases and after staying largely under 100 for most part of October, have swelled to near or over 100 in the last lap of the previous month and this month.

Barring Srinagar, Baramulla, Ganderbal and Budgam, all other districts of J&K had case tally in single digit. The entire Jammu division, 10 districts together, had only 16 new cases, while Baramulla had 14, Budgam 12 positives and Ganderbal 10 new cases.

Today, the government said, 41649 tests were carried out and reported in the 24 hours preceding its bulletin. With 151 of these testing positive, the positive percentage rose to 0.36, a significant increase from the positive percentage of under 0.2 in a major proportion of October. The rising positive percentage, the official said, is an indication of high transmission of infection mostly due to laxity in COVID19 appropriate behavior.

Earlier this week, J&K Government attributed the rise to the season of weddings in Kashmir and said there was a drop in guard at these events resulting in high transmission rate. The Government also denied any new variant of concern being responsible for the spike in cases.

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