COVID-19: Out of 4 lakh tests in J&K, only 2.1 percent cases positive

Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): In Jammu and Kashmir, at least 4 lakh people have been tested for coronavirus till date out of which 2.1 percent have tested positive, according to officials figures.

Figures available with the NVI suggest that in total 3,99,385 people were tested across J&K in the past 4 months. “Of the total tests done so far, only 2.1 per cent tested positive so far. This means the situation is not grim in J&K yet, but there is no room for complacency,” an official in the LG GC Murmu led administration said.

He said 3,90,956 samples have been tested as negative till July 5. The figure, he said excludes, the tests done at private clinics in J&K.

Director, Health Services Kashmir, Samir Mattoo said that nearly 1,80,000 people have been tested so far for COVID-19 in the Valley alone. “Six thousand among them tested positive,” he said. “Thank God, the situation is under control. thigs in Kashmir didn’t go the way they happened in Italy, US and China.”

He further added that the health department has intensified the sampling and testing over the last two days in Kashmir.

In Jammu region, close to 2.40 lakh tests have been conducted so far. Since Unlock-2, Covid positive cases have shown a steep surge in J&K as on an average 150 to 200 positive cases are being reported every day in the UT.

The pandemic also claimed lives of 139 people in J&K in the last 24 hours, of which 125 died in Kashmir and 14 in Jammu region.

According to the health experts, all those who died of coronavirus, were in the age group of 55 to 80 and 90 percent of them had underlying medical issues that include hypertension, Community Acquired Punemonia Disease(CoPD), Diabtes, Chest congestion, heart ailments and breathing issues.

Associate Professor at the Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar, Nisarul Hassan said that despite Unlock-2, the Novel Coronavirus has been mild in J&K.

“There were apprehensions that when people would start coming out of their homes, go to offices, markets and other places after unlock-2, cases would show spurt and people may die on roads. But nothing of that sort has happened so far even though the virus is in the community already,” Hassan said.

He added that though there is an increase in the number of positive cases and death figures have slightly gone up, still the virus is not in its aggressive mode in the UT.

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