Hindustan Times (Jammu)

JAMMU RECORDS 7-FOLD SPIKE IN COVID CASES

- Letters@hindustant­imes.com

Jammu has recorded a seven-fold increase in active coronaviru­s cases in nearly a month, while Srinagar currently has the highest number of 2,833 patients in the Union Territory, official data showed.

Some districts in Jammu and Kashmir which were earlier declared “coronaviru­s-free” are now reporting new cases as the country reels under a second wave of Covid-19 infections.

On March 19, Srinagar district had 564 active cases and the figure shot up to 2,833 on Monday, while Jammu recorded a sevenfold increase during the period from 211 to 1,582 cases.

As on Monday, Jammu and Kashmir has recorded a total of 1,39,381 Covid-19 cases -- 83,679 in Kashmir and 55,702 in Jammu division. As many as 2,034 people -- 1,282 in Kashmir and 752 in Jammu division -have succumbed to the virus.

A total of 1,29,439 patients have recovered from the infection and the number of active cases in the Union territory stood at 7,908 on Monday.

Jammu Chief Medical Officer J P Singh said the prevailing Covid-19 situation was of great concern and the health department. “If we compare the present phase with last year, it is of great concern. We had a very few cases in March-April last year but this time we have witnessed a jump of five times between February and April.”

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