‘Districts records huge surge in virus positive cases in past one week’
Bandipora, Aug 07: After witnessing a decline in the number of COVID-19 positive cases, north Kashmir’s Bandipora has again seen a rapid increase in the number of positive cases from the past few days.
On Friday as many as 48 persons were reported positive for COVID-19 in Bandipora, taking the total number of cases in the district to 962 so far.
Pertinently, Bandipora was the only district in Kashmir province which was classified as orange as zone after witnessing a decline in the number of cases, however, over the past few days Bandipora has seen a surge in the number of cases on a daily basis.
An official told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that 48 persons were found positive for COVID-19 in the district today itself. “Total number of cases in the district now stands at 962 of which 344 are active while 601 patients have been discharged so far. 17 patients have also died after contracting the virus,” he said.
District nodal officer for COVID-19, Mehraj Wani said that most of the new positive cases were found either in district police lines or in Sonerwani army camp while some workers from outside at NHPC project have also been found to be infected with the virus.
He also said that the medical teams have started conducting random testing which will help them identify asymptomatic cases and also determine spread or lack of it at the community level.
He also informed that a medical survey is being conducted to break the chain of Coronavirus in the district.
He said the war has not yet ended and people need to be alert and cautious for their wellbeing. He, however, said that COVID-19 patients are recovering very well and the district has not suffered any major casualties due to the deadly virus.
“As per protocol, now we have decided to keep asymptomatic patients under home quarantine so that they will take care of themselves, now the administration does not have enough space for isolation centers as the number of patients is increasing with each passing day.”
Over the past few days, remote Gurez valley has also seen a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases as it has involved remote villages of Gurez valley as well.
Block medical officer Gurez, Dr. Tahira Nazeer told KNO that the number of COVID-19 patients in the remote Gurez valley has been on the rise for the past month.
Pertinently, a doctor who was posted at Gurez also contracted the coronavirus and lost his life in Srinagar hospital a few days ago.
Meanwhile, an official said that the authorities have imposed strict restrictions in the entire district to avoid the spread of the virus—(KNO)