3,848 fresh COVID cases, 43 deaths in J&K


Decline in COVID-19 positivity rate in Jammu: Admn


JAMMU: Even as Jammu and Kashmir on Friday recorded 3,848 fresh COVID cases that took its tally to 2,63,905 while 43 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 3,465, the administration has claimed dip in the positive cases from 10 per cent to 7 per cent.
Meanwhile, the Medical Bulletin issue by the government added that out of 3,848 fresh cases recorded during 24 hours, 1,442 were from the Jammu division and 2,406 from the Kashmir Valley.
Of the 43 COVID-19 deaths, 27 were reported from the Jammu Division and 16 from the Kashmir Division.
According to the bulletin, Srinagar district recorded the highest number of cases (598), followed by Jammu (401) and Budgam (344). While Baramulla recorded 320 cases, 303 were reported from Anantnag, 202 from Kupwara, 125 from Ganderbal, 121 from Kulgam and 105 from Bandipora district in the Valley, as many as 201 cases were reported from Ramban district, 163 from Samba, 160 from Udhampur, 155 from Rajouri, 130 from Kathua, 96 from Reasi, 58 from Kathua, 48 from Poonch and 30 cases from Kishtwar district of the Jammu Division.

GMC Jammu reports first death due to black fungus

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir has reported its first death due to black fungus after a 40-year-old COVID-19 recovered patient died of mucormycosis at Government Medical College (GMC) hospital here.
Talking to PTI, he said that the patient, who was admitted to GMC hospital, succumbed to the infection.
Giving details, Principal of GMC hospital Dr Shashi Sudan Sharma said the man suffered from a high degree of diabetes of 900 level and was immunocompromised. He must have taken a lot of steroids resulting in the uncontrollable diabetes level resulting in diabetic ketoacidosis syndrome, she said.
The patient had tested negative of COVID-19 before he was admitted to hospital for the fungal infection.
She said this is an avoidable complication which can be restricted by strictly monitoring the blood sugar levels of COVID-19 patients who have been put on steroids, which was being undertaken by doctors at the hospital.
But his condition was bad when he was admitted into hospital, she pointed out.
Sharma said there is no need to panic regarding the transmission as this disease does not spread like COVID-19.
“We have so far just detected this single case only. So, people are advised not to panic”, she said.

The number of active cases in the UT is 49,893 while 2,10,547 patients have recovered so far.
The bulletin added, out of 263905 positive cases, out of 8140036test results available, 7876131 samples have been tested as negative till 21stMay, 2021.
Till date 2008800 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 74479 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 49893 in isolation and 132220 in home surveillance. Besides, 1748743 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Meanwhile, Jammu district has seen a decline in overall COVID-19 positive cases below 7 percent from the 10 percent in the beginning of May, an official said.
After new containment strategy and other measures being taken by the district administration, overall coronavirus positivity rate which was above 10 percent in the first week of May has dropped to below 7 percent in the last few days, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Anshul Garg told reporters here. He, however, said despite the decreasing trend in the positive cases, the district administration has not lowered its guard and it is taking all measures to combat the pandemic.
Equivalent emphasis has been given on testing in urban as well as rural areas. Around 7,000-8000 tests are being conducted on a daily basis, Garg said.
He said the administration is laying more emphasis on early testing as testing, tracking and treatment is the only solution to win the battle against COVID-19.
Garg said with the active participation of local bodies’ members, a redefined containment strategy has been developed under which a village-wise roaster is being maintained to isolate the positive patients.
The deputy commissioner said the administration has taken several measures and is working round the clock to augment the availability of oxygen-supported beds not only in the GMC and associated hospitals but also at district and sub-district hospitals.
He also said that as per the directions of the Lieutenant Governor, each panchayat of the Jammu district will have five-bedded and each block 30-bedded COVID Care facilities soon.
These will be established within days for which adequate resources and manpower has already been mobolised, Garg said
The deputy commissioner further said during the door-to-door mopping exercise, more than 2,250 positive patients have been provided with COVID kits including oxy-meters, essential medicines and dos and don’ts pamphlets. Moreover, around 5,000 kits have also been distributed to the public in general, he added.
Garg said the majority of 45 plus age group persons have been vaccinated under the inoculation drive.
He said over 3.55 lakh beneficiaries of this age group have been given the first dose of vaccine and the left out beneficiaries will be covered soon to achieve the 100 percent target.