Rapid rise in coronavirus patients across Kashmir, records 57 deaths, 2024 positive cases in 9 days

Over the past weeks, hospitals treating COVID19 patients in Srinagar are witnessing a steep escalation in the number of patients requiring intensive treatment and oxygen support. At Chest Diseases Hospital in Srinagar, a COVID19 designated facility of Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar, it was a house-full on Thursday. While the doctors had for long been complaining of asymptomatic cases “occupying” the hospitals, today they were struggling to ensure more than 50 percent of their occupants have oxygen support, in order to save their lives. Dr Saleem Tak, medical superintendent CD…

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Things to know about airborne Coronavirus transmission

More than seven months after the new coronavirus was first detected, scientists and health experts are still trying to get a better understanding of how it spreads and how to curb the COVID-19 respiratory disease it causes. The coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission”, including direct contact with someone who has been infected, indirect contact with contaminated surfaces, droplets of saliva from coughing or discharge from the nose when sneezing, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Airborne transmission is also possible, but its effects and…

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Kashmir ill-equipped to deal with the pandemic, people will die like cattle: Doctors

As the world scrambles to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, fear and anxiety prevail across Kashmir after scores of COVID-19 cases were detected. Hospitals in the valley have an acute shortage of doctors and paramedics, while its healthcare facilities are insufficient to meet the crisis which has unsettled countries with world-class medical infrastructure. Given the situation, residents of the valley fear the potentially disastrous consequences of the coronavirus pandemic after the first case of infection was reported . Apprehensions abound that this may be just the “tip of the iceberg”…

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With 154 fresh COVID Cases, JK witnesses a highest-ever single-day spike

Jammu Kashmir Thursday recorded 154 COVID-19 cases including 134 from Kashmir and 20 from Jammu, taking the total infection tally to 7849.Thursday’s cases include 51 from Srinagar, Baramulla 19, Anantnag 17, Kulgam 15, Budgam 12, Pulwama 10, Ganderbal seven, Doda six, Samba five, Jammu and Udhampur four each, Bandipora two, and Shopian and Ramban one each. Of these cases, 61 samples returned positive at Viral Diagnostic and Research Lab (VDRL) of SKIMS Srinagar which tested 1766 samples during the past 24 hours. Medical Superintendent SKIMS Dr Farooq Jan said the…

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JK reports 198 fresh coronavirus cases and the death toll reaches 105

By: Tahaa Yaseen Jammu Kashmir Wednesday recorded 198 COVID-19 cases including 179 from Kashmir and 19 from Jammu, taking the total infection tally to 7695.Wednesday’s cases include 49 from Baramulla, Srinagar, and Shopian recorded 32 each, Pulwama 24, Kupwara 16, Ganderbal and Jammu 11 each, Anantnag eight, Budgam six, Doda three, Samba and Rajouri two each, Kulgam and Udhampur one each. Four deaths were also reported during the last 24 hours, one from Jammu and three from the Kashmir Valley. The total death toll in J&K has reached 105. However,…

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Amid pandemic horrified drug abuse goes unabated in Srinagar, Anantnag

A first of its kind study has found around 2 percent prevalence of substance abuse, majorly opioids, in two districts of Kashmir. The percentage translates into Rs 3.7 crore being spent every day on drugs of abuse by 17000 people in the two districts. Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (IMHANS) has carried out a pilot study to find the contours of substance abuse in Srinagar and Anantnag commissioned by World Vision India. The study is titled “Pattern and prevalence of substance use and dependence in Kashmir: Special focus on…

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Coronavirus: When to wear a mask and when you can skip it

The studies on masks aren’t perfectly definitive, but that’s typical of many issues involving health risks — from mercury contamination to cancer screenings. It’s still better to make decisions based on an incomplete body of evidence than to ignore evidence altogether. Science has a lot to say about the effectiveness of wearing a mask to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but the communication of that science has been corrupted by a combination of partisan divides, sensationalist media stories, distrust, false dichotomies, and letting the perfect be the enemy of…

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J&K witnessed 5 Deaths, 198 fresh Covid-19 cases within 24 hours

Five persons died due to Covid-19 in the UT of J&K on Monday, among them a CRPF man. Meanwhile, 198 persons tested positive for the virus, taking the total caseload in J&K to 4,285. So far, 46 persons have died due to coronavirus, which include 41 in Kashmir and five in Jammu. “In the UT of J&K, 198 new positive cases have been reported since our last update yesterday, which include 33 from Jammu and 165 from Kashmir. Also, five Covid-19 deaths have been reported from Kashmir,” read the media…

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Regular Internet blackout thwart fight against coronavirus across Kashmir Valley

For three days without internet or phone service this month, Rouf Ahmad found himself cut off from his family in Indian-administered Kashmir while his mother was receiving treatment for the coronavirus disease. The 23-year-old sociology student is under quarantine in a hospital in Srinagar, Kashmir’s main city, and could not contact the rest of his family to tell them about his mother’s condition as she was treated in the same hospital. “I used to update my sisters and father many times a day about my mother’s status,” he told the…

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#Covid19: Understanding Coronavirus

Coronavirus first originated in China in December last year but has spread to more than 100 countries and infected over one lakh people. It has also led to the death of more than 3,000 people. Covid-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, is known to kill between 3-4 percent of those it infects. “Covid-19 is not very fatal, but it is very infectious. Since it infects more people, a large number die. In terms of infectivity, it is almost up there with the most infectious measles and chickenpox… We don’t really…

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