Variants of virus mutating rapidly due to availability of large number of hosts
STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir’s COVID-19 caseload mounted to 2,20,546 on Monday as 3,614 more people tested positive for the disease while the death toll climbed to 2,782 with 56 fatalities, officials said.
Of the fresh cases, 1,496 were reported from the Jammu division and 2,118 from the Kashmir division of the union territory, they said.
Srinagar district recorded the highest number of fresh cases at 701, followed by 658 in Jammu and 343 in Budgam, the officials said.
Of the 56 fresh deaths, 39 were reported from the Jammu region and 17 from the Kashmir valley, they said.
Many areas of Arnia, Akhnoor declared Micro Containment Zones
JAMMU: District Magistrate Jammu, Anshul Garg on Wednesday declared various areas of Tehsils Arnia and Akhnoor as micro-containment zones to contain soaring coronavirus cases.
Quoting an order issued by the District Magistrate, an official spokesperson said in view of situation emerging due to COVID-19 in village Trewa and Ward Nos. 1, 6 and 13 of Tehsil Arnia and Village Gandharwan of Tehsil Akhnoor, there is sufficient ground for proceeding under Section-44 of CrPC for immediate prevention or speedy remedy is desirable to prevent danger to human life, health or safety and thus aforesaid areas are declared as the micro-containment zone.
Spokesperson said that these areas would be under strict lockdown and tight perimeter control, except for essential needs. “There shall be no movement, whatsoever, in and out of the micro-containment zones,” the spokesperson said.
He said it would be mandatory for all persons residing in designated containment zones to get themselves tested and any refusal in this regard would invite action, including filing of an FIR under the Disaster Management Act. “The Tehsildars Arnia and Akhnoor shall be the overall incharge for enforcement of micro containment SoPs in the notified zones,” the spokesperson said.
He said the Chief Medical Officer Jammu would ensure deployment of sufficient teams for sampling and surveillance of the designated zone.
He would ensure contact tracing of positive cases and their testing as per the SoPs, the spokesperson said, adding that District Control Room would monitor strict home and medical isolation of all positive cases reported from zones twice on daily-basis. “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,” the order reads.
“For any medical emergency, individuals can contact 24X7 control room at 0191-2571616, 0191-2571912 and necessary facilitation shall be done,” it added.
The number of active COVID-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir has reached 49,951, while 1,67,813 patients have recovered so far, they said.
According to the daily Media Bulletin, out of 7689823 test results available, 7469277 samples have been tested as negative till 10thMay, 2021.
Till date 1918562 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 87062 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 49951 in isolation and 133234in home surveillance. Besides, 1645533 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Meanwhile, Government Medical College principal Dr Shashi Sudan has said that the variants of the coronavirus are mutating at a rapid rate due to availability of a large number of hosts and therefore, it becomes necessary for people to get vaccinated and take all precautions,
The senior doctor also urged people to cooperate with health authorities to prevent the spread of the virus.
“We won’t be able to keep up in our fight against COVID-19 without public cooperation,” Sudan said.
The COVID-19 pandemic has come as an unprecedented and unforeseen challenge for all, especially the health fraternity. The prime need is to build trust between the people and the health system, the principal of the Jammu-based institute told reporters here.
On mutation of the coronavirus, Sudan said, “The variants of the deadly virus are mutating at a rapid rate due to availability of a large number of hosts. Only by putting an end to further spread of the infection, we can easily prevent its mutations.” People need to go for vaccination and take precautions, which are the only ways to defeat COVID-19, she added.
“With faith in the system, and self discipline, we shall overcome this pandemic,” Sudan said and called upon people to get vaccinated.
With the number of COVID-19 patients increasing, the administration is also ramping up facilities, equipment, infrastructure besides increasing the number of frontline workers, she said. “Our health workers are working round the clock and we are trying our best to serve the public. GMC (Government Medical College) Jammu being the only tertiary care health centre in the region, the challenge before us is huge,” Sudan said. The GMC’s principal said the challenge can only be met when people and health personnel work together.
The Jammu Medical College Hospital has increased the number of critical care beds and is treating more than 700 critical COVID-19 patients, while patients with mild and moderate symptoms are being looked after at COVID health centres and COVID Care centres, she said.
Expressing concern over high positivity rate observed while COVID-19 testing, she said the high rate also underlines the greater need for adopting COVID appropriate behaviour.
“It is high time to take up the challenge and adopt COVID appropriate behaviour, which includes wearing face mask in public, frequently washing hands and maintaining social distance,” Sudan said.