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J&K sees Jan’s highest single-day Covid spike with 5,818 cases, 4 deaths

Traders body to observe voluntary weekend lockdown in Jammu; 2 more areas declared micro zones in City

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JAMMU/LEH: In the highest single-day spike so far this month, Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday recorded 5,818 fresh cases of COVID-19, taking the total infections to 3,72,669, while four deaths were reported in 24 hours, officials said.
Of the fresh cases, 4,066 were from the Kashmir division and 1,752 from Jammu, the officials said.
They said Srinagar district, with 1,745 cases, recorded the highest number followed by 1,131 cases in Jammu district.
With the surge in COVID-19 positive patients, District Magistrate, Jammu, Anshul Garg has declared Lane near H No 305, Sector E, near J&K Bank, Sainik Colony and Lane near H No 122, Sector 2, Indira Vihar, Old Janipur as Micro Containment Zones.
There are 26,236 active cases in the union territory, while 3,41,854 patients recovered so far since the pandemic struck, the officials said.
With the four fresh deaths in the Jammu Division, the toll went up to 4,579 in the Union Territory.
The officials said, there were 51 confirmed cases of Mucormycosis (black fungus) in the union territory.
Meanwhile, a traders’ body, dealing with essential supplies, this afternoon announced its decision to observe weekend lockdown here to support the efforts of the Jammu and Kashmir administration to contain the spread of COVID-19 infection.
On January 15, the Union Territory administration imposed “complete restriction on non-essential movement” during weekends amid a surge in Covid cases.
We are dealing with essential supplies and hence do not come under the purview of the lockdown announced by the administration. However, given the situation in view of the rising covid-19 cases, our advisory committee met and decided to observe the weekend lockdown voluntarily to support the efforts of the administration to contain the spread of the disease, President Traders Federation, WareHouse Nehru Market, Deepak Gupta told reporters here.
However, he said the federation would ensure regular supplies while working for five days from Monday to Friday.
We have taken this decision in the best interest of public safety. We will make it sure that the supply chain is not affected, Gupta said.
He said like in the past two waves of COVID-19, the federation has activated the three war rooms for supply of oxygen, ration and medicines and anyone in need of the these items should contact the concerned for the same.
According to reports from Leh, Ladakh has reported 164 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of cases in the union territory to 23,700, officials said.
The union territory has recorded 222 Covid-related deaths — 164 in Leh and 58 in Kargil — since the outbreak of the pandemic last year, they said.
There was no death reported from the union territory on Tuesday, they said, adding that active cases rose to 965.
A total of 43 patients were cured and discharged from hospitals in Ladakh. The total number of cured patients is 22,513, they said.
Of the total 164 fresh cases from Union territory, 118 such cases were reported from Leh district and 46 from Kargil district, they said.
A total of 672 sample reports in Ladakh were found negative, they said.

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