COVID-19 | J&K reports 165 new cases

Cases rising in central, north Kashmir
COVID-19 | J&K reports 165 new cases
A man being sampled for COVID-19 at Srinagar's TRC. File: Aman Farooq for Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir reported 165 fresh positive cases of COVID-19 while no casualty was attributed to the viral infection on Sunday.

The changing trend of the pandemic has a majority of cases from districts in central and northern Kashmir.

Of the fresh cases, 142 were from the Kashmir division, the official bulletin on COVID-19 said.

Although there have been minor escalations in the cases, the trend of the positive cases has been changing over the past week, the data shows.

From the cases being Srinagar-centric, and the capital city contributing to nearly or even over half of the cases from J&K, many other districts have started getting a high number of cases.

Today, 45 positive cases were reported from Srinagar while Baramulla had 35 new cases. Ganderbal and Kupwara districts have also been recording a high number of cases - 18 and 13.

Central and north Kashmir is experiencing a surge in cases, however, not a steep one. Since 7 November, the number of active cases in Srinagar has dropped from 592 to 575.

However, the Baramulla district witnessed its active cases rising from 169 to 342 between 7 November and 21 November.

The number of active cases increased from 37 to 117 during the same period in Kupwara.

In Ganderbal, the active cases have surged from 79 to 168.

Similar trends have been recorded in other districts in the region.

The districts in south Kashmir have either none or a single-digit case reported over the past two weeks, with Kulgam and Shopian showing no activity of the virus.

Jammu district has been having a mild increase in cases, while other districts of the Jammu division have no cases mostly.

Today, no death was reported from J&K.

Meanwhile, 160 people were reported to have recovered from SARS-CoV2 infection, 139 from Kashmir, and 21 from the Jammu division.

In the past 24 hours, 49,178 tests were carried out in 20 districts.

The COVID-19 vaccination drive continued and nearly 40,000 doses were given across J&K.

Of these, 979 were first-dose shots.

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