1,734 test +ve for COVID in Kashmir, J&K active cases 17, 928

J&K Bank branch closed after 4 test positive

Fayaz Bukhari
SRINAGAR, Jan 17: Kashmir today reported 1,734 fresh cases of COVID-19 taking the Jammu and Kashmir tally of positive cases to 17,928 while a branch of Jammu and Kashmir Bank in Bandipora was closed after four employees tested positive.
A branch of Jammu and Kashmir Bank in Kaloosa area of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district was today closed after four of its employees tested COVID positive.
In the meantime, five officials of the Regional Transport Office Kashmir today tested positive and the office has written to Divisional Commissioner’s office to guide it with regard to continuance of public dealings.
“Five officials of this office have been tested COVID positive and many others are having symptoms like fever/cough and sore throat. RT-PCR reports of many officials are still awaited. Besides this, there is huge public rush in view of which it is difficult to follow COVID SOPs”, read a communiqué made by RTO Kashmir to Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir.
“In view of such a situation this office may kindly be guided as to whether to continue with the public dealings or close it till negative reports are received most likely by the weekend”, the communiqué further read.
Those who tested positive today in Kashmir include 618 from Srinagar, 315 from Baramulla, 295 from Budgam, 56 from Pulwama, 139 from Kupwara, 168 from Anantnag, 52 from Bandipora, 22 from Ganderbal, 57 from Kulgam and 12 Shopian.
As per officials figures, 83,013 positive cases including 886 deaths and 78,250 recoveries are from Srinagar, 28,627 including 292 deaths and 25,821 recoveries are from Baramulla, 26,322 including 24,573 recoveries and 222 deaths are from Budgam, 16,094 including 15,608 recoveries and 195 deaths are from Pulwama, 15,699 including 170 deaths and 14,949 recoveries are from Kupwara, 17,604 including 16,563 recoveries and 211 deaths are from Anantnag, 10,761 cases including 10,111 and 111 deaths are from Bandipora, 11,175 including 10,972 recoveries and 82 deaths are from Ganderbal, 12,032 including 11,487 recoveries and 118 deaths are from Kulgam and 5,657 including 5,561 recoveries and 59 deaths are from Shopian.
The number of cases in Kashmir division has reached 226,984 including 213,895 recoveries and 2,346 deaths.
The number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir are 17,928 including 10,743 from Kashmir division.
With 777 more recoveries, the tally of total recoveries in Jammu and Kashmir has reached 339,700 which is 93.79 percent of the total cases.
Meanwhile, the University of Kashmir today deferred all ongoing and scheduled examinations with effect from 18th January until further notice in view of the prevailing situation caused by COVID-19.
Controller of Examinations Prof Irshad A Nawchoo said the revised dates for the deferred examinations shall be notified separately in due course of time.