ACS Bhardwaj reviews Covid-19 status in Kashmir

ACS Bhardwaj reviews Covid-19 status in Kashmir
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Srinagar: Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Health and Medical Education, Vivek Bhardwaj Tuesday chaired a meeting with the officers to review the Covid-19 status in the Kashmir division.

An official spokesman in a statement issued here said that at the outset, Bhardwaj was briefed about the status of coronavirus in the Kashmir division about daily testing, positivity rate, current active cases among contact tracing, and other things.

The statement said that he was informed that the average number of daily tests last week was 22,393 while the average number of daily positives last week was 105 (with 60 in Srinagar).

Similarly, the positivity rate of the division last week was 0.43 percent while during the same period it was 1.96 percent in the Srinagar district.

Likewise, the average number of contacts traced per positive case last week was 18 while in Srinagar it was 20.

On the vaccination front, the ACS was informed that the average number of daily vaccine doses administered in Kashmir during last week was 46,589 doses per day and 14,143 doses per day were administered in Srinagar.

The meeting was also told that the second dose vaccination coverage in Kashmir is 63 percent with the maximum in the Srinagar district at 75 percent and the minimum in Bandipora at 54 percent.

Speaking on the occasion, Bhardwaj highlighted the importance of contact tracing among the populace, besides institutional quarantine for symptomatic Covid-19 positive patients, patients with comorbidities, and positive patients with the higher group to reduce the positivity rate.

He asked the concerned officers to chalk out a strategy to trace out the source of the infections among the local population and the reasons behind the high positivity rate in Srinagar compared to other districts of the Kashmir division.

Bhardwaj also emphasised the need to follow a protocol for sharing clinical and epidemiological data with genome testing laboratories periodically for a more detailed study of a mutant strain of the virus for genome sequencing.

Post detailed and elaborated discussion, the ACS reiterated the urgency for a meticulous strategy concerning stringent enforcement of containment and surveillance measures, proper management of containment zones, testing of 100 percent population in the containment zones.

Besides, the meeting also discussed the steps including aggressive, targeted, and timely contact tracing, enhancement in testing in proportion to positivity rate, as well as intensive IEC campaign for awareness of general masses and robust surveillance mechanism for testing, tracing, and treating of suspected cases in every district by rapid response teams framed by district administrations.

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