Female IAS officer, 30 more yatris among 56 test +ve in Jammu

JAMMU, DEC 3 (UNI)- A healthcare worker collecting swab samples for COVID-19 testing, at a market in Jammu on Friday. UNI PHOTO-8U
JAMMU, DEC 3 (UNI)- A healthcare worker collecting swab samples for COVID-19 testing, at a market in Jammu on Friday. UNI PHOTO-8U

Two deaths in Kashmir, 7 new Containment areas

41 new cases in Ladakh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU/SRINAGAR/ LEH, Dec 3: Two persons died of COVID-19 and 125 tested positive in Kashmir division while a woman IAS officer, presently posted as an Ad-ministrative Secretary in the Civil Secretariat, and 30 more pilgrims of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi shrine were among 56 persons who were found infected in the Jammu division.
Spurt in COVID cases also continued in Ladakh where 41 new cases were detected today.
A female IAS officer, who is posted as Administrative Secretary in the Civil Secretariat, has tested positive for COVID-19. She has been isolated at her residence while her contacts are being tested for pathogen.
Condition of the officer is normal though she is symptomatic, the doctors said.
Among 56 positive cases in Jammu, 30 were pilgrims of Mata Vaishno Devi Ji shrine including nine from Uttar Pradesh, eight from Haryana, six New Delhi, three Bihar and two each from Punjab and Uttarakhand, who tested positive on their arrival at Katra Railway Station.
All of them were isolated and sent to Lakhanpur for their onward journey to their States.
A total of 139 pilgrims have tested positive for pathogen at Katra during past three days.
The yatra is progressing smoothly, the officials said.
Eighteen positive cases were reported in Jammu district, five Doda and one each in Rajouri and Poonch districts while rest of the districts in the Jammu region didn’t report any COVID positive cases.
Thirty five persons recovered from the virus taking number of active positive cases in the region to 403.
District Magistrate Jammu Anshul Garg today declared General Lane in Saraswati Vihar area of Hazuri Bagh, Talab Tillo as micro-Containment Zone after positive cases were reported from there.
The Union Territory of Ladakh today reported 41 COVID positive cases including 39 in Leh and two in Kargil district.
This has taken number of active positive cases in Ladakh to 306—280 in Leh and 26 in Kargil.
Meanwhile, in the wake of the new COVID-19 variant which has been designated as a variant of concern, Government today issued several guidelines and restrictions concerning the international travels reaching here.
The guidelines have been issued by the State Executive Committee in the wake of the spread of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 and have directed the concerned to carry out effective screening and testing for the international arrivals.
“Rigorous screening and conduct of COVID19 RTPCR Test shall be made mandatory at the Srinagar International Airport for international arrivals as per the guidelines from time to time,” the guidelines said.
They said that any person found COVID-19 positive shall be quarantined (institutional) and treated as per standard protocol. “The samples of positive cases shall be sent to the designated INSACOG Genome Sequencing Laboratories (IGSLs) promptly as per the India SAR-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium guidance document.”
As per the guidelines, the concerned have been directed to carry out close tracking and testing of contacts of travellers who have tested positive as per MoHFW guidelines.
It has directed the designated Surveillance Officers to establish close coordination with their designated/ tagged INSACOG Genome Sequencing Laboratories for expediting results of genomic analysis.
“Necessary public health measures should be taken in case of presence of variants of concern/variants of interest is reported by the INSACOG network,” it said.
Further, travellers reaching here from ‘At-risk’ nations and test negative will have to be in-home quarantine for 7 days. “They should be tested again on Day 8 and if tested negative shall be advised to monitor themselves carefully for at least 2 weeks.”
Concerning the travellers arriving here from the countries that are considered not at risk and have not tested positive, they have been directed to monitor themselves for at least 2 weeks.
“The Principle of ‘Test-Track-Treat-Vaccinate’ shall be implemented to ensure stringent implementation of containment measures as per the MoHFW guidelines and to prevent the spread of Variants of Concern/ Variants of interest and formation of clusters of cases,” the guidelines stated.
It is to be noted here that the Administration has already established several quarantine facilities while the RT-PCR testing of the passengers reaching Kashmir has also been made robust even as the administration has directed the Health officials to increase the surveillance and keep the hospital ready to deal with any eventuality.
Meanwhile, Kashmir today reported 124 fresh cases of COVID-19.
Two persons who were suffering from COVID infection in Kashmir died today taking the toll of corona related deaths in J&K to 4479.
Those who tested positive include 56 from Srinagar, 41 from Baramulla, 11 from Budgam, 1 from Pulwama, 4 from Kupwara, 1 from Anantnag, 7 from Bandipora and 4 from Ganderbal.
The number of cases in Kashmir division has reached 212,187 including 208,588 recoveries and 2,294 deaths.
The number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir are 1,708 including 1,305 from Kashmir division.
With 168 more recoveries, the tally of total recoveries in Jammu and Kashmir has reached 331,257 which is 98.17 percent of the total cases.
Meanwhile, the district administration Baramulla today declared seven areas in the north Kashmir district as micro-containment zones after fresh cases of COVID were reported from these areas.
These areas are Katibugh Kunzer, Jabla Uri, Paranpillan Uri, Nambla Uri, Badam Bagh Sopore, Pringal Boniyar and Noorkha Boniyar.