COVID-19 positivity rate falling in J&K: Govt

‘Rise in hospitalisation, deaths’ | 1 dies, 150 test positive
A health worker collects swab sample of a man for COVID-19 testing at the entrance of Shalimar Garden in Srinagar.
A health worker collects swab sample of a man for COVID-19 testing at the entrance of Shalimar Garden in Srinagar.Mubashir Khan/GK File

Srinagar: The daily positivity rate among tested samples is falling in J&K, official data shows, while there is no abatement in the fatalities with another life lost to SARS-CoV2 infection on Monday while 150 more people tested positive.

As per the COVID-19 analysis of the government, a copy of which is with Greater Kashmir, the active cases in J&K increased initially during the week but witnessed a decline at the end of the week.

The positivity rate is showing a slightly decreasing trend while bed occupancy is showing increasing trends in both Kashmir and Jammu divisions.

The positive cases have shown an increase in 12 districts this week except for Anantnag, Bandipora, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Kupwara, Pulwama, Kathua, and Ramban.

In addition, concern for the increase of positive cases in the Jammu division has been noted.

Between 18 November and 23 November, the percentage of samples found positive among the tested was 0.4.

The number of samples tested during this period ranged between 45,000 and 55,000.

However, after 24 November, although the number of samples tested has been constantly around 55,000, the percentage found positive is around 0.3.

Over the past week, the declining positivity rate is due to the falling positivity rate in Srinagar where the samples found positive have reduced from 1.9 percent to 1.4 percent.

In Baramulla, the positive percentage has increased to 1.1.

The bed occupancy has slightly increased in the past one week while COVID-19 deaths per million population are also increasing and 14 deaths in the past week have been recorded.

Today, the official bulletin on COVID-19 showed one more life had been lost to the pandemic in the Kashmir division.

With this death, the toll of SARS-CoV2 reached 4476 in J&K.

In addition, 150 fresh cases were detected, 122 of these in the Kashmir division alone.

The situation analysis of COVID-19 in J&K shows that apart from Srinagar, which has been delegated as ‘Yellow Zone’, four other districts in the Kashmir division are also in the ‘Yellow Zone’ category, their situation being monitored.

These districts are Bandipora, Budgam, Baramulla, and Ganderbal.

In the Jammu division, barring Poonch, which is a ‘Yellow Zone’ district, all other districts are in the ‘Green Zone’.

A health official said colour-coding were indicators and markers to monitor and alert districts to assess the “situation closely and carefully”.

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