J&K records 1,996 new Covid cases, 5 deaths

Entry time for passengers restricted at Srinagar airport; Rapid antigen COVID-19 tests mandatory for entering Kashmir hospitals


JAMMU, Jan 13: Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday recorded 1,966 fresh coronavirus cases, raising the tally to 3,50,167, while five fresh deaths pushed the toll to 4,552, officials said.
Of the fresh cases, 889 were reported from the Jammu division and 1,077 from the Kashmir division of the union territory, they said.
Jammu district recorded the highest of 434 cases, followed by 416 cases in Srinagar district, they added.
There are 7,932 active Covid cases in the union territory
The number of recovered patients was 3,37,683, the officials said.
The death toll in the union territory due to the pandemic rose to 4,552 as five fresh deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, they said.
However, authorities in Kashmir on Thursday directed the hospital administrations in the valley not to allow patients and attendants enter the medical facilities without taking a rapid antigen test for COVID-19 in view of the surge in the number of cases.
In a circular, Director Health Services Kashmir, M A Rather, asked all chief medical officers, medical superintendents, block medical officers in the valley to get COVID-19 SOPs/guidelines properly implemented in all healthcare institutions falling under their administrative control.
The move comes in view of the recent surge in COVID-19 infections in the country and the detection of cases of the new Omicron variant in many states and Union Territories, including Jammu and Kashmir.
"Besides, they will ensure that no patient/attendant is allowed to enter the hospital premises unless & until rapid antigen test (RAT) is undertaken and masks are put on the face by them properly, the circular said.
However, in case of dire emergencies, the need-based protocols should be followed, the Director Health Services Kashmir said.
Meanwhile, passengers will be allowed entry to Srinagar Airport only three hours before their flight departure as part of the measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 infection, officials said on Thursday.
The regulation of the entry of passengers comes in view of some of the passengers entering the airport seven to eight hours before the flight departure time which leads to an increase in the crowd at the aerodrome.
Passengers are requested to please come to the airport only up to three hours before flight departure time, Director, Airport Authority of India (AAI), Srinagar airport, Kuldeep Singh said here.
He said the entry to the airport shall be given only up to three hours before flight from Thursday.
The time of entry to the airport is maximum three hours before flight departure. This is necessary to control the congestion at the airport because we want to reduce the chance of infection, he said.
Singh asked the passengers to cooperate with the security staff in maintaining the access control at the airport.
The director said some passengers were entering the airport seven to eight hours before the time of their flight which increases the crowd at the airport and also increases the risk of infection.
Covid disease is spreading very fast. The infection is more in crowded areas. All our passengers are requested to please maintain social distance at the airport and also wear mask at all times. We follow the rule of 'No Mask No Entry'. There is a fine of Rs 500 if any passengers remove their mask, he said.
Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday witnessed a 50 per cent jump in daily Covid cases as the union territory recorded 1,695 fresh cases of coronavirus.
Out of the fresh cases, 812 were from the Jammu division and 883 from the Kashmir division of the union territory. Jammu district recorded the highest of 438 cases followed by 320 cases in Srinagar district.
On COVID vaccination, the bulletin informs that 61,967doses of COVID vaccine have been administered in the last 24 hours bringing the cumulative number of doses administered across J&K to1,96,55,682.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 350167 positive cases, 7931are Active Positive (4082in Jammu Division and 3850 in Kashmir Division), 337683 have recovered and 4552 have died; 2213 in Jammu division and 2339in Kashmir division.
The Bulletin further said that out of 20079830 test results available, 350167 samples have tested positive and 19729663 samples have been tested as negative till date. Besides, 71,800 COVID tests have been conducted in last 24 hours.
Till date 5474555 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 7320persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 7932 in isolation and 433935 in home surveillance. Besides, 5020816 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Providing district-wise breakup for positive cases reported today, the Bulletin said that Srinagar reported 416 cases, Baramulla reported 311 cases, Budgam reported 159 cases, Pulwama reported 12 cases, Kupwara reported 26 cases, Anantnag reported 39 cases, Bandipora reported 53 cases, Ganderbal reported 07 cases, Kulgam reported 52 cases while as Shopian reported 02 fresh cases for today.
Similarly, Jammu reported 435 cases, Reasi reported 107 cases for today, Udhampur reported 136 cases, Rajouri reported 55cases, Doda reported 21 cases, Kathua reported 49 cases, Samba reported 36 cases, Poonch reported 26 case, Kishtwar reported 19 cases while as Ramban reported 06 fresh cases for today.
Moreover, the bulletin also highlights that against the availability of 4794 dedicated level 1 & level 2 COVID beds, only 261 ( 5.4%) are occupied.

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