J&K reports 1,440 new COVID cases, 23 fatalities; caseload crosses 3 lakh-mark


Tally across country lowest in 60 days


JAMMU/NEW DELHI: Like elsewhere across the country, Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday registered steady decline in infections with 1,440 new cases in 24 hours taking the total number of positive cases in the Union Territory to 300490. These include 1102 cases in the Kashmir Valley and 338 in the Jammu Division.
Officials said 23 fatalities-15 in the Valley and eight in the Jammu Division were also reported during 24 hours. With this the toll in the Union Territory has swelled to 4074
While Srinagar district reported 264 cases, Baramulla recorded 136, Budgam 145, Pulwama 123, Kupwara 103, Anantnag 86, Bandipora 40, Ganderbal 45, Kulgam 140, Shopian 20, Jammu 70, Udhampur 13, Rajouri 46, Doda 47, Kathua 21, Samba 16, Kishtwar 10, Poonch 70, Ramban 27 and Reasi district 18.

25.51 lakh corona tests conducted in 60 days in J&K

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir conducted 25.51 lakh Covid tests in the past two months with an average of 42,000 tests done per day, officials said on Sunday.
They said around 3,400 tests per million population per day have been conducted in the Union territory (UT).
“The Union territory has conducted 25,51,157 tests in the last two months. The average test per day is 42,000 tests, which is around 3,400 tests per million population per day, Financial Commissioner, health and medical education, J&K, Atal Dulloo said.
Spelling out major accomplishments of his department in fighting the pandemic, he said the UT has installed three COBAS 680 machines in the last two months–SKIMS Srinagar, GMC Jammu and GMC Srinagar–which have enhanced RT-PCR capacities to around 15,000 tests per day.
Referring to a surge in isolation capacities for treatment of COVID-19 patients, Dulloo said category-I (tertiary care level for severe to critical cases ) isolation beds have been increased to 2,226 from 869, an increase of 156 per cent, and category-II (for moderate to severe cases) isolation beds have been increased to 4,205 from 2,006, an increase of 110 per cent.
He said oxygen supported beds had been increased to 6,108 from 2,396 with an increase of 156 per cent, ensuring that not even a single patient is denied oxygen bed. Dulloo further said ICU beds had also been increased to 562 from 333 with 69 per cent increase, and two 500 bedded DRDO hospitals with 125 ICU beds have been built and functionalised to enhance the capacities of Jammu and Kashmir. He added that out of 82 newly-sanctioned oxygen plants, 40 plants have been made functional in the last two months. The senior official maintained that more than 5,000 oxygen concentrators have been distributed to isolation facilities in April and May. On aggressive vaccination campaign for 45 years and above, he said J&K has been the top achiever in India with more than 73 per cent of the population (under this category) been vaccinated with the first dose of the vaccine. Dullo also said that the UT has administered approximately 26 lakh doses in the last two months. “More than 22 lakh beneficiaries above the age of 45 years have been vaccinated with the first dose of the vaccine in the last two months. More than 1.8 lakh beneficiaries between 18 years to 44 years have also been vaccinated since May 1, he added.

The officials said there were 15 confirmed cases of Mucormycosis (black fungus) in the union territory, and no fresh case was reported since Saturday evening.
The decline in the cases is continuing across the country as well. During the past 24 hours, 1,14,460 new coronavirus infections, the lowest in 60 days, while the daily positivity rate further dropped to 5.62 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry.
With the fresh cases, the total tally of coronavirus cases in the country climbed to 2,88,09,339.
The COVID-19 death toll climbed to 3,46,759 with 2,677 daily deaths, the lowest in 42 days, while the active cases dropped below 15 lakh, the data updated at 8 am showed.
A total of 96,982 new cases were recorded in a span of 24 hours on April 6.
Also, 20,36,311 tests were conducted on Saturday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 36,47,46,522.
The daily positivity has further declined to 5.62 per cent . It has been less than 10 per cent for 13 consecutive days, the ministry said.
The weekly positivity rate has declined to 6.54 per cent.
The active cases have reduced to 14,77,799 comprising 5.13 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 93.67 per cent. A net decline of 77,449 cases has been recorded in the COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
Recoveries continue to outnumber daily new cases for the 24th consecutive day.The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,69,84,781, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.20 per cent, the data stated.
A total of 23,13,22,417 vaccine doses have been administered so far.
India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.India crossed the grim milestone of 2 crore on May 4.
The 2,677 new fatalities include 741 from Maharashtra, 443 from Tamil Nadu, 365 from Karnataka, 209 from Kerala, 120 from Uttar Pradesh and 118 from West Bengal
A total of 3,46,759 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 99,512 from Maharashtra, 31,260 from Karnataka, 26,571 from Tamil Nadu, 24,557 from Delhi, 21,151 from Uttar Pradesh, 16,152 from West Bengal, 15,009 from Punjab and 13,192 from Chhattisgarh.