A record 3164 people have tested positive for novel coronavirus and 25 persons succumbed to the virus in the Jammu and Kashmir as per the government’s latest daily figure for last 24 hours on Tuesday.
Previously, the highest daily count was recorded on April 25 when 2381 people had tested positive for the virus.
Regarding the fresh deaths, they said, 15 were from Jammu Division and 10 from Kashmir Valley.
Among the 3164 new cases, official sources told that 1030 were from Jammu Division and 2134 from Kashmir Valley, taking the total case tally to 166054.
Providing the district wise details, they said, Srinagar reported 1144 cases, Baramulla 197, Budgam 174, Pulwama 70, Kupwara 97, Anantnag 143, Bandipora 123, Ganderbal 66, Kulgam 90, Shopian 30, Jammu 489, Udhampur 65, Rajouri 68, Doda 41, Kathua 100, Samba 98, Kishtwar 30, Poonch 39, Ramban 40 and Reasi 60.
Moreover, they said, 1457 more COVID-19 patients have recovered—656 from Jammu Division and 801 from Kashmir Valley. There are 22283 active positive cases in J&K, 8847 in Jammu and 13436 in the Valley.
Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Tuesday urged government to impose lockdown in the Valley to prevent further spread and deaths due to the novel Coronavirus.
“Lockdown is the only tool to tackle the worrying situation we are in,” said DAK President and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan.
“Returning to a situation where we will have no control is far worse than a week or two of social measures,” he said.
Dr Nisar said we are witnessing a horrific situation in hospitals.
“For the last few weeks people in large numbers are coming to hospitals with severe bilateral pneumonia requiring oxygen and many needing intensive-care setting,” he said
“Our beds are full, oxygen points are occupied and we don’t have space in ICU’s,” he added.
Dr Nisar said “not only the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions, but young people are now coming with severe disease and some of them are dying.
“The virus has taken an ugly turn and the situation has deteriorated,” he said.
“If we will not impose restrictions now, we will be in a situation which will be difficult to control,” warned Dr Nisar.
“It is important for policy makers and public to know that decisions need to be based on what is happening with the disease in our community rather than what other places are doing,” he said.
“The decisions need to be driven by data rather than public or economic pressure,” said Dr Nisar.
Amid spurt in number of covid-19 cases, district administration Srinagar on Tuesday ordered imposition of Section 144 CrPC, banning the assembly of five or more persons, in the summer capital with immediate effect.
“In view of massive spurt in positive cases in District Srinagar & after due deliberations, Section 144 CrPc is imposed hereby within the Municipal limits of the district to contain further spread of the epidemic,” said Deputy Commissioner, Mohammad Aijaz Asad, in a tweet “Assembly of five or more persons is banned with immediate effect,” he added.
Srinagar reported 1144 fresh covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, as per the Health department Data.
With these fresh cases, including 27 travelers, the total number of cases mounted to 40538 in the summer capital.