Sr IAS, IPS officers, CE, 16 from Sarwal hospital test +ve

Many from showrooms, J&K Bank, JU infected

2 women among 4 die, 6 new Containment Zones

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 6: Two persons including a woman died of COVID-19 while 202 tested positive in Jammu region today including a senior IAS officer, one IPS officer, a Chief Engineer, 16 from Sarwal hospital and many others from private showrooms and branches of Jammu and Kashmir Bank.
Kashmir division reported one death and 147 cases while the Union Territory of Ladakh recorded one fatality and 28 positives.
As the cases surged, District Magistrate Jammu Anshul Garg declared six localities as micro-Containment Zones.

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A 45-year-old woman from Bhatindi on outskirts of Jammu City, who was unvaccinated and co-morbid, succumbed to COVID-19 in the Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu today while a 45-year-old man hailing from village Palma in Manjakote area of Rajouri district died of co-morbidities and pathogen at ASCOMS Hospital Sidhra.
Two fatalities have taken COVID toll in Jammu region to 2201 including 1158 in Jammu district, 240 in Rajouri, 153 Kathua, 139 Udhampur, 137 Doda, 120 Samba, 100 Poonch, 67 Ramban, 44 Kishtwar and 43 in Reasi district.
A senior IAS officer, who is on deputation to Jammu and Kashmir, an IPS officer in the rank of Additional Director General of Police and a Chief Engineer today tested positive for COVID-19.
Sixteen persons including one Surgeon, one dental surgeon and a Staff Nurse and rest patients tested positive for pathogen in Sarwal Hospital today, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Jaipal Singh told the Excelsior.
He said 15 employees of Trends Showroom and four from Pantaloons near Dogra Chowk and two officials of Jammu and Kashmir Bank Branch Gandhi Nagar were also found infected during random testing in Jammu. Majority of them were asymptomatic, he added. The showrooms have been closed for 48 hours.
Two staffers of Jammu University were found infected today.
A Branch Manager of Jammu and Kashmir Bank Main Bazaar branch in Samba was also found infected.
Among 202 fresh COVID positive cases in Jammu division, 119 were registered in Jammu district alone followed by 33 in Reasi, 14 Udhampur, 13 Poonch, eight Rajouri, seven Kathua four Kishtwar, two Samba and one each in Doda and Ramban districts.
Out of 33 cases in Reasi, four were pilgrims of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji shrine who were found infected on their arrival at Katra Railway Station.
As against 202 new cases, 32 recovered from the virus today leaving number of active positive cases to 1062. This is after nearly four months that active positive cases have gone into four figures.
Jammu region now has 1,27,047 active positive cases. Of them, 1,23,784 have recovered while there have been 2201 casualties.
Six locations declared as micro-Containment Zones in Jammu district today include Lane near H No. 100, Sector 4 at Roop Nagar, Lane No. 2 near Sector 2, Shant Nagar in Janipura, area in and around J&K Bank Amphalla, Lane near H.No. 127, Sector 2 in Trikuta Nagar Extension, Lane near H No. 47, Sector 6 in Trikuta Nagar and Lane No. 7 Channi Himmat.
The district administration of Rajouri today ordered closure of four private schools in Darhal for violating COVID Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). They include Bab-ul-Uloom School, Eagle Public School and DPS Darhal.
Meanwhile, in the Union Territory of Ladakh, a 92-year-old woman from Leh died of COVID-19 today taking Corona toll in the UT to 221—163 in Leh and 58 in Kargil district.
All 28 fresh COVID positive cases in Ladakh were reported from Leh district taking active positive cases to 257 including 221 in Leh and 36 in Kargil district.
Meanwhile, Kashmir reported 147 fresh cases of COVID.
One person succumbed to the viral infection today taking the death toll in J&K to 4,533.
Those who tested positive include 80 from Srinagar, 21 from Baramulla, 16 from Budgam, 9 from Pulwama, 6 from Kupwara, 9 from Bandipora, 5 from Ganderbal and 1 Shopian.
The number of cases in Kashmir division has reached 215,721 including 212,402 recoveries and 2,332 deaths.
The number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir are 2,049 including 987 from Kashmir division. With 116 more recoveries, the tally of total recoveries in Jammu and Kashmir has reached 336,186 which is 98.08 percent of the total cases.