Two die, 231 test +ve in J&K

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU/SRINAGAR/ LEH, July 6: Two COVID deaths and 231 fresh cases were reported in Jammu and Kashmir today. Both the divisions accounted for one casualty each.
A 63-year-old man from Ambedkar Colony below Nirankari Bhawan in Udhampur district died of COVID-19 in Narayana Hospital Katra today taking Corona toll in Jammu region to 2120 and Udhampur district to 132.
Jammu region reported 83 fresh COVID positive cases today, the highest 21 in Doda district, 15 Jammu, 10 each in Udhampur, Kishtwar and Poonch, seven Reasi (all travelers), six Rajouri and four in Ramban district.
Samba and Kathua districts didn’t report any positive cases today.
While 83 persons tested positive, 169 recovered from the virus in the region with maximum 51 recoveries reported from Jammu district.
Recoveries in other districts include 26 in Doda, 19 Reasi, 16 Poonch, 14 Rajouri, 13 Kishtwar, 12 Ramban, eight Samba, six Kathua and four in Udhampur district.
Jammu region now has 1,20,292 Corona cases. Among them, 1578 are active positive cases as 1,16,594 persons have recovered from the virus and there have been 2120 casualties.
Fatalities include 1136 in Jammu district followed by 220 in Rajouri, 149 Kathua, 132 Udhampur, 119 each in Doda and Samba, 94 Poonch, 65 Ramban and 43 each in Kishtwar and Reasi districts.
Meanwhile, nine Corona positive cases were today recorded in the Union Territory of Ladakh.
Six new cases were registered in Leh and three in Kargil district.
However, no COVID casualties were reported in Ladakh today.
Corona count in Ladakh has now reached 20129 including 216 active cases, 19709 recoveries and 204 casualties—146 in Leh and 58 in Kargil.
Meanwhile, as Covid cases have shown a significant drop, authorities today ordered reopening of all paid and unpaid parks in Srinagar barring on weekends for visitors who are either vaccinated or have a valid negative RT-PCR or they will be put to rapid test.
An order issued by the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Ajaz Asad, read that significant improvement has been observed in the positivity rate in district Srinagar for the last few weeks.
“A series of meetings with the Department of Tourism, Department of Floriculture, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, in-charge of all historical gardens and other stakeholders regarding the opening of the parks was done,” the order said.
“After a threadbare discussion it was decided that all paid/unpaid parks of district Srinagar shall be allowed to open on all days except Saturdays and Sundays (owing to weekend Curfew), subject to conditions…that the entry shall be permitted only to vaccinated persons or to a person carrying COVID negative test report within 48 hours prior to entry or on spot test (if a person is not vaccinated)”, the order read.
There shall be strict compliance to COVID-19 guidelines/SOPs issued by the State Executive Committee and COVID appropriate behaviour, the order read further.
The order directed that, the departments concerned shall ensure strict adherence to COVID appropriate behaviour like wearing of face masks, social distancing, proper hand sanitation etc. inside the park/garden by the visitors.
The Deputy Commissioner has also asked the District Floriculture Officer and In-charge officials of Parks and Gardens to ensure availability of multiple Counters for registering the visitors in order to avoid congestion. “Chief Medical Officer, Srinagar shall deploy dedicated teams for on-spot testing/Vaccination,” read the order.
In the meantime, Kashmir today reported 169 fresh cases of COVID-19 while one person succumbed to the viral infection.
Srinagar reported 63 cases, Baramulla 9, Budgam 14, Pulwama 30, Kupwara 3, Anantnag 6, Bandipora 6, Ganderbal 6, Kulgam 10 and Shopian 1.
As per officials figures, 70,408 positive cases including 830 deaths and 68,873 recoveries are from Srinagar, 23,338 including 280 deaths and 22,832 recoveries are from Baramulla, 22,682 including 22,283 recoveries and 204 deaths are from Budgam, 14,975 including 14,619 recoveries and 192 deaths are from Pulwama, 13,885 including 165 deaths and 13,541 recoveries are from Kupwara, 16,178 including 15,867 recoveries and 204 deaths are from Anantnag, 9,350 cases including 9,156 and 100 deaths are from Bandipora, 9,678 including 9,426 recoveries and 76 deaths are from Ganderbal, 11,133 including 10,868 recoveries and 116 deaths are from Kulgam and 5,562 including 5,495 recoveries and 58 deaths are from Shopian.
The number of cases in Kashmir division has reached 197,189 including 192,960 recoveries and 2,225 deaths.
The total number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir are 3,582 including 2,004 from Kashmir division.
With 421 more recoveries, the tally of total recoveries in Jammu and Kashmir has reached to 309,554 which is 97.50 percent of the total cases.