Recoveries reach 1086, deaths 36
STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: With the reporting of 182 new positive cases of novel Coronavirus on Friday, the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir has risen to 3,324. While 74 fresh cases were detected in Jammu division, 108 were reported from Kashmir division.
The number of deaths due to COVID-19 has reached 36 with the passing away of a woman in Srinagar.
India sees jump of 61,000 cases in 1 week
New Delhi: As India moves towards unlocking various sectors, COVID-19 cases have been rising exponentially with a jump of nearly 61,000 cases in the past one week, and medical experts feel that if the situation spirals out of control, the lockdown may have to be reimposed.
India saw a record single-day jump of 9,851 coronavirus cases and 273 deaths on Friday, pushing the nationwide infection tally to 2,26,770 and the death toll to 6,348, according to the Union health ministry. There has been a record spike in cases for three consecutive days now.
Most countries like Spain, Germany, Italy and the UK, lifted their respective lockdowns and curbs when their COVID-19 graphs either flattened or dipped, according to statistics shared on Twitter by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
India’s COVID-19 curve has been steadily rising throughout the lockdown period with a massive spike in cases in the fourth phase of the lockdown that ended on May 31 and afterwards.
The fourth phase of the coronavirus-triggered lockdown, which began on May 18, saw 85,974 COVID-19 cases till 8 am on Sunday, according to health ministry data.
The lockdown 1, which was first clamped on March 25 and spanned for 21 days, had registered 10,877 cases, while the second phase of the curbs that began on April 15 and stretched?for 19 days till May 3, saw 31,094 cases.
The third phase of the lockdown that was in effect for 14 days ending on May 17, recorded 53,636 cases till 8 am of May 18.
Last Friday, the number of COVID-19 cases stood at 1,65,799, while a week before that on May 22, there were 1,18,447 cases. Therefore, the spike in the last one week has been of 60,971 cases, while the increase in the number of infections in the week before that was 47,352.
At present, India is the world’s seventh-worst hit nation in terms of overall case count, after the US, Brazil, Russia, the UK, Spain and Italy.
“Whenever lockdown is opened in phases, there will be a spurt in cases. A lockdown basically is used to prepare for the pandemic and halt the spread,” said Dr Vikas Maurya, Director and Head, Department of Pulmonology and Sleep Disorders, Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh.
“Increase in cases will be there when unlocking is done in phases, but what is important is to be mindful that the situation should not spiral out of control, as if it does, then lockdown will have to be re-imposed,” Maurya told PTI.
Noted lung surgeon Dr Arvind Kumar said that it was important to ensure that people continue to have a “self-imposed” lockdown and follow the “four golden principles” — don’t go out unless necessary, always wear a mask, keep distance and keep washing hands.
“Right now the situation does not warrant a reimposition of the lockdown, but if the situation spirals out of control, then we would have to go back to a lockdown,” he told PTI.
Kumar, who works at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here, also asserted that it was too early to allow religious places and malls to open as there are not enough checks to ensure that people will not flout norms.
Dr Vivek Nangia, Director and Head Pulmonology, Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj, also said that the rapid rise in cases was worrying.
It is still early to open malls and religious places as if congregations start to happen, then things could spiral out of control, he told PTI.
The woman, a resident of Batamaloo area of the city, died at SHMS Hospital on Thursday and her samples came back positive for COVID-19, they said.
Meanwhile, in a surprise move, Principal, GMC, Doda has issued instructions to microbiology wing not to carry out more than 50 tests per day.
According to the officials, the woman was brought to the hospital on Thursday morning and had many underlying ailments, including pneumonia.
According to Daily Media Bulletin, 2,202 patients out of total 3,324 are Active Positive, 1086 have recovered and 36 have died; 4 in Jammu division and 32 in Kashmir division.
The Bulletin further said that out of 2,02,257 test results available, 1,98,933 samples have been tested as negative till June 5, 2020.
Additionally, till date 2,04,900 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which included 44,017 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 48 in Hospital Quarantine, 2,202 in hospital isolation and 55,520 under home surveillance. Besides, 1,03,077 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Bandipora has 180 positive cases (including 4 cases reported today) with 43 Active Positive, 136 recovered, 1 death; Srinagar has 366 positive cases (including 22 cases reported today) with 214 Active Positive, 143 recovered, 9 deaths; Anantnag district has 383 positive cases (including 6 cases reported today), with 223 Active Positive, 155 recovered, 5 deaths; Baramulla has 308 positive cases (including 7 cases reported today) with 197 Active Positive, 104 recovered, 7 deaths; Shopian has 282 positive cases (including 42 cases reported today) with 146 Active Positive, 133 recovered (including 21 cases recovered today) and 3 deaths; Kupwara has 331 positive cases (including 13 cases reported today) with 248 Active Positive, 82 recovered and 1 death; Budgam has 138 positive cases (including 9 cases reported today), with 69 Active Positive and 67 recovered cases and 2 deaths; Ganderbal has 42 positive cases (including 1 case reported today) with 16 active positive cases and 26 recoveries; Kulgam has 364 positive cases (including 2 cases reported today), with 309 Active Positive and 51 recoveries (including 1 case recovered today) and 4 deaths and Pulwama reported 121 positive cases (including 2 cases reported today) with 108 active positive and 13 recovered.
Similarly, Jammu has 190 positive cases (including 12 cases reported today) with 125 active positive cases and 63 recoveries (including 11 cases recovered today) and 2 deaths; Udhampur has 123 positive cases (including 26 cases reported today) with 93 active positive cases, 29 recovered and 1 death; Samba has 55 positive cases (including 4 cases reported today) with 34 Active Positive and 21 recoveries; Rajouri has 48 positive cases (including 2 cases reported today) with 43 active positive cases and 5 recovered; Kathua has 94 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today) with 62 Active positive and 32 recovered (including 4 cases recovered today); Kishtwar has 17 positive cases with 13 active positive cases and 4 recovered (including 1 case recovered today); Ramban has 164 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today) with 148 active positive and 16 recoveries; Reasi has 18 positive cases (including 1 case reported today) with 15 active positive and 3 recovered, Poonch has 65 positive cases (including 2 cases reported today) with 63 active positive and 2 recoveries while Doda has 35 positive cases (including 5 cases reported today) with 33 active positive case and 1 recovered and 1 death.