Spike in COVID cases, 4066 test +ve in Kashmir; active cases tally reaches 26,236

Fayaz Bukhari
SRINAGAR, Jan 19: Kashmir today reported 4,066 fresh cases of COVID-19 taking the number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 26,236.
Those who tested positive include 1,745 from Srinagar, 791 from Baramulla, 594 from Budgam, 230 from Pulwama, 93 from Kupwara, 217 from Anantnag, 130 from Bandipora, 84 from Ganderbal, 162 from Kulgam and 20 Shopian.
As per officials figures, 85,715 positive cases including 887 deaths and 78,639 recoveries are from Srinagar, 30,051 including 292 deaths and 25,903 recoveries are from Baramulla, 27,327 including 24,848 recoveries and 222 deaths are from Budgam, 16,420 including 15,648 recoveries and 195 deaths are from Pulwama, 16,001 including 170 deaths and 15,080 recoveries are from Kupwara, 18,074 including 16,563 recoveries and 211 deaths are from Anantnag, 11,030 cases including 10,165 and 111 deaths are from Bandipora, 11,430 including 10,981 recoveries and 82 deaths are from Ganderbal, 12,409 including 11,520 recoveries and 118 deaths are from Kulgam and 5,698 including 5,561 recoveries and 59 deaths are from Shopian.
The number of cases in Kashmir division has reached 234,155 including 214,908 recoveries and 2,347 deaths.
The number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir are 26,236 including 16,900 from Kashmir division.
With 1,255 more recoveries, the tally of total recoveries in Jammu and Kashmir has reached 341,854 which is 91.73 percent of the total cases.
Authorities ordered closure of the main market in Sumbal Tehsil of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district today after it was declared a micro Containment Zone.
The main market Sumbal Tehsil has been closed after being declared a micro Containment Zone.
The officials said that around 17 COVID positive cases have been detected in the area following which it was declared a micro Containment Zone.
Meanwhile, in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases, Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar has cancelled all the leaves to its staff.
In a circular issued here, it has been stated that to render the best possible services to the patient/suspects, all the leaves either sanctioned or under consideration are hereby cancelled forthwith, except Maternity Leaves and leaves taken in view of the extreme Medical Exigencies.
“Accordingly, the concerned controlling officers are directed to call back all those Officers/officials who are presently on leaves to resume their duties immediately,” the circular stated.