3,677 cases, 63 deaths reported in J&K

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Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday recorded 3,677 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the tally of infected persons to 2,40,467, while the death toll in the union territory rose to 3,090 with 63 more fatalities in a 24-hour period.
Of the fresh cases, 1,728 were reported from the Jammu division and 1,949 from the Kashmir division of the union territory, they said.

B.1.617 variant responsible for COVID surge in J&K: GMC

Jammu: The B.1.617 variant was responsible for the recent surge in coronavirus cases in Jammu division, GMC Jammu principal Shashi Sudhan Sharma said on Saturday.
Sharma said the microbiology department at GMC Jammu was also coordinating with National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi, for routine sequencing of positive sample.
According to the report received from the NCDC, the UK variant was reported in about 60 percent samples in March.
In April, the percentage of UK variant dropped to 47 per cent and B.1.617 increased from 5.8 per cent to 38 per cent, Sharma said.
Sharma said 434 samples had been sent to the NCDC from Jammu division and report of 64 samples was still awaited.
Kailash Singh, department of surgery assistant professor, said the health system was functioning at its peak capacity and health workers were putting in all possible efforts to augment the system by each passing day.
“We have increased the number of COVID-care beds, installed a dialysis facility and started an oxygen generation plant in addition to a number of other improvements,” he said, adding that there were over 800 COVID beds and 87 critical care beds in the hospital.
“Last year, the hospital had to depend on Gandhi Nagar government hospital for dialysis but in response to COVID-19, a similar facility has been installed here also,” he said.
In addition to its existing oxygen generation plant, he said the GMC has made functional a new 2,400 litre-per-minute capacity plant in its premises since last week.
“Moreover, we also have a liquid medical oxygen reservoir of 20,000 kilolitres capacity, which is replenished every day,” he said. 

The officials said Jammu district recorded the highest 621 cases, followed by 404 in Srinagar district and 390 in Pulwama district.
The number of active cases dropped to 51,475 in the union territory, while 1,85,902 patients have recovered so far, they said.
The death toll in the union territory rose to 3,090 as 63 more people died of the virus in the past 24 hours, the officials said, adding that while 37 fatalities have been reported from Jammu Division, 26 took place in the Kashmir Division.

Special vaccination drive to inoculate left-out persons of 45 plus category in Jammu today

JAMMU: District Administration Jammu is going to conduct a Special COVID Vaccination drive on Sunday (16th May 2021) to administer 1st dose of vaccine to all the left-out persons in 45 plus age category. The vaccination will be done at all designated sites across the District.
Deputy Commissioner, Anshul Garg, on Saturday informed that as per the Government directions, the vaccination for this category commenced on 1st April 2021 and approximately 98% of the estimated beneficiaries have been vaccinated till date.
“In order to cover left out beneficiaries, a Special Vaccination Drive is being held on 16th May 2021 (Sunday) at all vaccination sites across the Jammu District” he added. He appealed the elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local bodies, Civil Society Members and Media Persons to encourage and sensitize the left out persons to approach the nearest vaccination sites to get 1st dose of COVID 19 vaccine, so that the district achieves saturation for the first dose in 45 plus category.

According to the daily Media Bulletin, out of 7884512 test results available, 7644045 samples have been tested as negative till 15th May, 2021.
Till date 1956494 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 72947 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 51475 in isolation and 118663 in home surveillance. Besides, 1710319 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Meanwhile, authorities in Poonch district have ordered a magisterial inquiry into the death of a 65-year-old COVID-19 patient after her relatives alleged medical negligence by doctors during her treatment.
Poonch District Magistrate Inder Jeet ordered the inquiry and asked the inquiry officer, Additional Deputy Commissioner Basharat Hussain, to submit his report within seven days, officials said.
In an order, the DM said a video went viral on social media after the woman, a resident of Mangnar village of Haveli Tehsil, succumbed to COVID-19 at Poonch district hospital on Friday with her relatives accusing the hospital authorities of negligence in handling the case.
The order said the Medical superintendent, district hospital, Poonch has reported that the attendant manhandled the doctor on duty.
“The allegations are of very serious in nature and need to be thoroughly investigated,” the district magistrate said and ordered an inquiry by additional deputy commissioner.
“He (Hussain) shall impartially inquire into the matter and submit the factual report within seven days positively. He shall be fully cooperated by Health authorities,” the order said.