Control measures intensified in Jammu region, panels formed to check violations
STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU/SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday recorded its highest single-day spike this year as 812 new COVID-19 cases, including 257 travellers, taking the tally to 1,34,827, even as six fresh deaths due to the virus in the past 24 hours took the toll to 2,018, officials said.
Of the fresh cases, 347 were from Jammu division and 465 from Kashmir division of the Union territory, they said.
This is the highest number of single day cases reported in Jammu and Kashmir this year so far.
The UT had less than 1,000 active cases on March 15 while the number of fresh cases crossed the three-digit mark from March 16.
The officials said Srinagar district recorded the highest of 238 cases, including 57 travellers, followed by 138 in Jammu and 79 in Udhampur district.
Farooq discharged from hospital
Srinagar: Veteran politician and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah was on Wednesday discharged from a Srinagar hospital, where he was admitted last week as a precautionary measure after testing positive for COVID-19, officials said.
Abdullah, a former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, was discharged as doctors were of the opinion that he could recover at home since all his parameters were fine, they said.
The NC president will, however, continue to remain in self-isolation at his residence for some time, the officials added.
“Five days after being admitted to SKIMS, Srinagar with COVID my father was discharged this evening. He will continue the rest of his recovery and recuperation at home. My father and the entire family are indebted and deeply grateful to the doctors, nursing staff & others at the institute,” his son and NC vice-president Omar Abdullah wrote on twitter.
“My father has been instructed by his doctors to focus on his recovery & for the time being will not be allowed visitors. He looks forward to completing his recovery so he can resume a full schedule of work,” Omar Abdullah said in another tweet.
The 85-year-old NC president tested positive for COVID-19 on March 30. He was kept in home-isolation initially, but doctors on Saturday decided to shift him to a hospital for better medical care.
Several leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wished him a speedy recovery.
Farooq Abdullah received his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on March 2.
Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha had visited the SKIMS Hospital on Sunday to enquire about his health from Omar Abdullah.
“In Srinagar, I met Omar Abdullah at SKIMS Hospital, Soura. Enquired about Farooq Sahab’s health and instructed the doctors to provide best treatment. I pray for his long and healthy life,” the L-G’s office had tweeted.
The L-G had also offered to shift the senior Abdullah to another facility or hospital for better monitoring and care.
Omar Abdullah expressed his gratitude to Sinha for inquiring after his father’s health, and said the NC president was getting the best possible care at the facility.
“Thank you for your visit to enquire after my father @manojsinha_ ji. We are grateful for the offer to shift my father, the doctors & other medical staff at SKIMS Srinagar are amongst the best anywhere and my father is getting the best possible care,” he had written on Twitter.
For the first time in past several months, all 20 districts of Jammu and Kashmir have reported fresh COVID cases.
The number of active cases has now breached 5,000 mark again, rising to 5,035 in the UT, while 1,27,774 patients have recovered so far, the officials said.
The death toll in the UT due to the pandemic is 2,018 as six fresh deaths — four from Jammu region and two from Kashmir valley — were reported in the past 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer has urged the people to cooperate with the administration and follow COVID appropriate behaviour and SOPs keeping in view fresh surge in the cases.
Addressing a press conference here, Dr Raghav said “We have witnessed fresh surge in cases in last 3 weeks, particularly in district Jammu and the people need to follow all SOPs to control further spread of Covid-19”. The people’s cooperation in following SOPs including Wearing of face masks, maintaining social distancing and avoiding gathering is imperative to contain the spread, he added. He said that the preventive measures have been intensified, while committees have been constituted to check violations.
Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Managing Director National Health Mission, SSP Jammu, Principal Government Medical College Jammu, Director Health Services, Joint Director Information were also present.
The Managing Director, NHM informed the media about the overall situation of Jammu division, saying that testing capacity has been increased in all the districts, while 100 percent sampling of all the incoming travellers at Airport, Railway stations and Lakhanpur is being ensured.
He further informed about the positivity rate, recovery rate, death rate. “Health department is putting in all possible efforts to deal with the emerging situation, however people’s cooperation is most important to contain the spread, he said.
Principal GMC Jammu also informed that all existing facilities have been augmented including Bedding capacity, availability of oxygen, staff and others to deal with the situation.
The DG Family welfare and immunization also informed about the progress of vaccination drive and urged people to come forward and take doses of vaccine.
All the concerned officers also cleared queries of the media persons.