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New Delhi: With a record 1,45,384 fresh cases, India’s COVID-19 tally has climbed to 1,32,05,926, the health ministry said on Saturday.
The number of active cases has breached the 10-lakh mark again after around six-and-a-half months, while the death toll due to the viral disease has gone up to 1,68,436 with 794 more fatalities, the highest since October 18 last year, the ministry’s data updated at 8 am showed.
Registering a steady increase for the 31st day in a row, the number of active coronavirus cases in the country has gone up to 10,46,631, accounting for 7.93 per cent of its total caseload, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 90.80 per cent.
With 1,005 fresh COVID-19 cases, J&K records highest single-day spike since January
JU declared Micro Containment Zone
JAMMU/SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday saw its highest single-day spike this year as 1,005 new COVID-19 positive cases were recorded, taking the tally to 1,37,475, even as six fresh deaths due to the virus in the past 24 hours took the toll to 2,029, officials said.
Out of the fresh cases, 299 were from Jammu division and 706 from Kashmir division of the Union territory, they said. As many as 154 travellers were among the fresh cases in the UT.
The officials said Srinagar district recorded the highest with 492 cases, including 62 travellers, followed by 183 in Jammu and 93 in Baramulla district.
The number of active cases has now reached 6,755 in the UT, while 1,28,691 patients have recovered so far, the officials said.
The death toll in the UT due to the pandemic is 2,029 as six fresh deaths were reported in the past 24 hours.
In view of emerging situation due to COVID, District Magistrate, Jammu Anshul Garg has declared area in and around University of Jammu as Micro Containment Zones.
“The aforementioned areas shall be under strict lock down and tight perimeter control, except for essential needs and there shall be no movement, whatsoever, in and out of the Micro Containment zone,” stated the order issued by DM Jammu
For any medical emergency, individuals can contact 24X7 control im at 0191-2571616, 0191-2571912 and necessary facilitation shall be done, it stated and added. “it shall be mandatory for the persons residing in designated Containment Zones to get themselves tested and any refusal in this regard shall invite action including filing of FIR under relevant provisions of Disaster Management Act.
It is further ordered that Tehsildar Bahu shall be the overall incharge for enforcement of Micro Containment SOP in the notified zones and the Chief Medical Officer, Jammu shall ensure deployment of sufficient teams for sampling and surveillance of the designated zone.
Any violation of this order shall invite punitive action under section 188 of Indian Penal Code and other relevant sections of Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and the Disaster Management Act, 2005, it added.
Meanwhile, in view of appearing of five COVID-19 positive cases at village Gurah Mundian Block Hiranagar, the area within 500 meters radius surrounding of village Gurah Mundian, Tehsil Hiranagar failing under Police Station Hiranagar was declared as Micro Containment Zone and shall be cordoned off.
No inward or outward movement in the aforesaid area shall be allowed with immediate effect, reads the order issued by District Magistrate Kathua, Rahul Yadav.
There shall be only one opening to the Micro Containment Zone to be manned by Naka party and Magistrate, it stated and added stickers indicating Micro Containment Zone would be pasted at the point of entry/exit.
The only movement across the Micro Containment Zone boundaries would be for supplies (medical, grocery, and vegetables), medical emergencies, fumigation/sanitation, and enforcement/survey personnel with due care and precautions, it stated.
The active caseload was at its lowest at 1,35,926 on February 12, accounting for only 1.25 per cent of the total number of cases in the country.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease has surged to 1,19,90,859, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.28 per cent, the data stated.
India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7 last year, the 30-lakh mark on August 23, the 40-lakh mark on September 5 and the 50-lakh mark on September 16.
It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and the one-crore mark on December 19.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 25,52,14,803 samples have so far been tested in the country for the viral disease, including 11,73,219 on Friday.
The 794 fresh fatalities include 301 from Maharashtra, 91 from Chhattisgarh, 56 from Punjab, 46 from Karnataka, 42 from Gujarat, 39 from Delhi, 36 from Uttar Pradesh, 32 from Rajasthan, 23 each from Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, 22 from Kerala, 17 from Jharkhand and 11 each from Andhra Pradesh and Haryana.
Of the total number of 1,68,436 deaths caused by COVID-19 in the country, Maharashtra accounts for 57,329, followed by Tamil Nadu (12,863), Karnataka (12,813), Delhi (11,196), West Bengal (10,378), Uttar Pradesh (9,039), Punjab (7,390) and Andhra Pradesh (7,279).
The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that a state-wise distribution of the figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.