7 die in Valley, 558 fresh cases

Fayaz Bukhari
SRINAGAR, Sept 15: Kashmir today reported 558 fresh cases of COVID-19 taking the number of such cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 56, 654 while seven persons died here due to Coronavirus.
Those who reported positive in Kashmir include 148 from Srinagar, 1277 Budgam, 20 Baramulla, 70 Pulwama, 57 Anantnag, 43 Kupwara, 38 Bandipora, 15 Kulgam, 59 Ganderbal and 11 from Shopian in Kashmir.
Among the 56, 654 cases in Jammu and Kashmir, 11,942 positive cases including 255 deaths and 9,784 recoveries from Srinagar; 3,947 including 73 deaths and 2,397 recoveries from Budgam; 3,517 including 2,445 recoveries and 114 deaths from Baramulla; 3,274 including 2,722 recoveries and 62 deaths from Pulwama; 2,976 including 54 deaths and 2,196 recoveries from Anantnag; 2,906 including 1,915 recoveries and 58 deaths from Kupwara; 2,921 cases including 1,932 and 29 deaths from Bandipora; 2,093 including 1,940 recoveries and 40 deaths from Kulgam; 2,205 including 1,642 recoveries and 26 deaths from Ganderbal and 1,892 including 1,703 recoveries and 29 deaths from Shopian.
Of the total 56,654 cases, 37,688 are from Kashmir. There are 28,678 recoveries and 740 deaths in Kashmir.
There are 18,678 active cases in Jammu and Kashmir including 8,270 from Kashmir division.
With 681 more recoveries, the tally of total recoveries in Jammu and Kashmir has reached to 37,062 which is 65.41 percent of the total cases which was over 78 percent few days before.
The active cases have reached over 18,500 in J&K.
Kashmir reported seven COVID deaths today taking the overall death toll in Jammu and Kashmir to 916.
They include a 60-year-old woman from Kangan Ganderbal , a 70-year-old woman from Bohri Kadal Srinagar, a 52-year-old woman from Tangdar Kupwara, a 65-year-old from HMT Srinagar and a 55-year-old from Hawal Srinagar.

GMC Anantnag gets nod to conduct RTPCR tests
Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Sept 15: Government Medical College (GMC) Anantnag has got permission from ICMR to conduct RTPCR tests for COVID-19.
In a communiqué to Dr Rubina Hakak, Nodal Officer, Department of Microbiology, GMC Anantnag, Prof Mini P Singh, Principal Coordinator for Establishment of COVID-19 testing facility and Nodal Officer, COVID-19 testing, Department of Virology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh has said that the GMC Anantnag is permitted to conduct RTPCR testing of COVID-19.
“Based on the existing infrastructure, facilities for carrying out SARS CoV-2 by Conventional Real Time PCR, availability of trained manpower and review of competency testing results, which was found satisfactory, you are hereby permitted to carry out the testing for SARS CoV-2 by Conventional Real Time PCR,” Dr Singh said in the communiqué.
The communiqué further said: “The core committee of PGIMER Chandigarh chaired by DPGI has decided that your lab can be approved by ICMR for testing COVID-19 by Conventional RTPCR”.