Two persons died of Covid-19 while 109 new cases of Covid-19, 11 from the Jammu division and 98 from the Kashmir division, were reported on Friday, an official bulletin said.
The dead hailed one each from Jammu and Kashmir. Moreover, 79 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and been discharged from various hospitals including 08 from Jammu Division and 71 from Kashmir Division.
Providing district-wise breakup, it said that Srinagar reported 64 cases, Baramulla reported 12 cases, Budgam reported 08 cases, Pulwama reported no cases, Kupwara reported 07 cases, Anantnag reported no case, Bandipora reported 02 cases, Ganderbal reported 03 cases, Kulgam reported 02 cases while Shopian reported no fresh cases.
Similarly, Jammu reported 09 cases, Udhampur reported 01case, Rajouri reported 01case while Doda, Kathua, Samba, Kishtwar, Poonch, Ramban, and Reasi reported no fresh cases for today.
On COVID vaccination, the bulletin informs that 68,597 doses of COVID vaccine have been administered in the last 24 hours bringing the cumulative number of doses administered across J&K to 1,50,28,486, added.
Meanwhile, In view of the rapid increase in COVID-19 positive cases in the Srinagar district, the district administration has declared eight more areas as Micro Containment Zones under Medical Zones of Batamaloo, Zadibal, S.R Gunj, and Khanyar to prevent the spread of infection in the district.
According to news agency KNO, the areas are Milat Abad, Peerbagh, near Islamic Public School and Noorani Colony Peerbagh in Medical Zone Batamaloo, Upper Soura, near Petrol Pump, Bilal Colony Soura, near Bilal Masjid and Bota Kadal, near Darul ul Uloom Bilaliya in Medical Zone Zadibal, Zaina Kadal near Gagar Masjid in Medical Zone SR Gunj and Buchwara and Batwara areas in Khanyar Medical Zone in the district.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad who is also the Chairman of District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has said the recent spike in Covid-19 positive cases has prompted the District Administration to take the step for the protection of precious lives.
The DC said that the administration is mulling for localised lockdown in some specific areas of the city if the number of positive cases does not decrease.
He further said that Srinagar has witnessed a spike in Covid cases in the past week, prompting the administration to declare some areas in the city as containment zones.
Giving details, the DC said out of total active Covid-19 positive cases in J&K, about half of them come from the Srinagar district only. While other than Srinagar District, cases reported from 19 other districts are either in single-digit or no case at all.
Presently there are 476 active Covid-19 positive cases in only the Srinagar district out of a total of 981 cases in J&K.
There are 82 containment zones in Srinagar, 8 of which were added today
The DC further said if people don’t follow safety protocols, then Srinagar could be the reason behind the start of the third wave in J&K.
He appealed to the people to follow Covid SOPs in letter and spirit and avoid large gatherings.