STATE TIMES NEWSSrinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday recorded 240 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of people infected with coronavirus to 9,501 while the death toll due to the infection reached 154 following the demise of five patients in the last 24 hours, an official said.
India has not yet reached community transmission stage: Govt New Delhi: Amid a spurt in coronavirus cases, the government on Thursday said India has not yet reached the community transmission stage of COVID-19 and asserted that there have been localised outbreaks in some geographical areas. The Centre’s assertion came on a day India registered a record single-day surge of 24,879 COVID-19 cases, taking the caseload to 7,67,296. The death toll climbed to 21,129 with 487 new fatalities, the updated data at 8 am showed. Asked if India has entered the community transmission phase, Rajesh Bhushan, Officer on Special Duty in the Union Health ministry said, “Even today, the health minister (Harsh Vardhan) clearly said after the GoM that India has not reached the stage of community transmission. In some geographical areas, there have been localised outbreaks. “We should not forget that in our country, 49 districts alone account for 80 per cent of COVID-19 cases. In a country of more than 733 districts, if 49 districts account for 80 per cent cases, then it is not justified to talk about community transmission,” he said at a press briefing. Wherever there are active cases, if the prescribed protocol is followed, in three days close contacts of active cases can be traced and tracked, he said. “So in such a situation in which you can trace and track close contacts of active cases, talking about community transmission is not justified,” Bhushan asserted. He said India’s COVID-19 cases and deaths per million population are amongst the lowest in the world. On an average, India is testing more than 2.6 lakh samples per day for COVID-19, an ICMR official said at the briefing, asserting that testing has been ramped up in the country in a big way. COVID-19 recovered cases are 1.75 times that of active cases, Bhushan said. People over 60 years account for 53 per cent of India’s COVID-19 deaths, he said. Asked about a WHO spokesperson saying that there are indications that the virus may be airborne, Bhushan said, “We are keeping abreast with the information coming out of WHO headquarters on this particular aspect, but you would all appreciate and realise that even during the initial stages of the outbreak, we and the PM had repeatedly emphasised ‘do-gaz doori’ (Two-metre distance). “So this concept protects you from small droplets that may remain suspended in air for longer period of time.” It is an evolving and dynamic situation, he added.
“Five persons, who were COVID-19 positive, have died over the past 24 hours in Jammu and Kashmir,” the official said. Of the 240 new cases detected in the last 24 hours, 55 were from the Jammu region and 185 from the Kashmir valley. There are 3,652 active cases in the union territory, while 5,695 patients have recovered from the infection. The cases detected on Thursday include 71 people who had returned to the union territory recently. At 58, Srinagar district in central Kashmir recorded the highest number of cases on Thursday followed by 37 in Baramulla district in the north, officials said. Of the 9,501 infected people in the union territory, 7,504 are in Kashmir, and 1,997 are in the Jammu region, the official said.
According to the daily Media Bulletin, out of 9501 positive cases, 3652 are Active Positive, 5695 have recovered and 154 have died; 14 in Jammu division and 140 in Kashmir division.
The Bulletin further said that out of 4,29,787 test results available, 4,20,286 samples have been tested as negative till July 9, 2020.
Additionally, till date 3,06,434 travelers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which included 38,939 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 44 in Hospital Quarantine, 3,652 in hospital isolation and 45,713 under home surveillance. Besides, 2,17,932 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Bandipora has 328 positive cases (including five cases reported today) with 43 Active Positive, 282 recovered and three deaths; Srinagar has 1451 positive cases (including 58 cases reported today) with 920 Active Positive, 494 recovered (including 29 cases reported today), 37 deaths; Anantnag district has 764 positive cases (including eight cases reported today), with 162 Active Positive, 590 recovered (including seven cases recovered today), 12 deaths; Baramulla has 1214 positive cases (including 37 cases reported today) with 677 Active Positive, 506 recovered (including five cases recovered today), 31 deaths; Shopian has 873 positive cases (including seven cases reported today) with 206 Active Positive, 652 recovered (including 23 cases recovered today) and 15 deaths; Kupwara has 676 positive cases (including 32 cases reported today) with 211 Active Positive, 458 recovered (including five cases recovered today) and seven deaths; Budgam has 522 positive cases (including 18 cases reported today) with 219 Active Positive and 292 recovered cases and 11 deaths; Ganderbal has 153 positive cases (including 14 cases reported today) with 74 active positive cases and 78 recoveries and one death; Kulgam has 930 positive cases (including two cases reported today), with 266 Active Positive and 646 recoveries and 18 deaths and Pulwama reported 593 positive cases (including four cases reported today) with 310 active positive cases and 278 recovered (including five cases recovered today) and five deaths.
Similarly, Jammu has 429 positive cases (including 12 cases reported today) with 107 active positive cases and 314 recoveries (including one case recovered today) and eight deaths; Udhampur has 298 positive cases with 56 active positive cases, 241 recovered (including 29 cases recovered today) and one death; Samba has 217 positive cases (including nine cases reported today) with 85 Active Positive and 132 recoveries (including four cases recovered today); Rajouri has 189 positive cases (including 18 cases reported today) with 102 active positive cases and 86 recovered (including 15 cases recovered today) and one death; Kathua has 265 positive cases (including four cases reported today) with 63 Active positive and 201 recovered (including one recovery today) and one death; Kishtwar has 44 positive cases (including four cases reported today) with 19 active positive cases and 25 recovered; Ramban has 243 positive cases with 37 active positive and 206 recoveries (including two cases recovered today); Reasi has 52 positive cases with 17 active positive and 35 recovered; Poonch has 137 positive cases (including five cases reported today) with 21 active positive and 115 recoveries and one death while Doda has 123 positive cases (including three cases reported today) with 57 active positive cases and 64 recoveries (including two cases recovered today) and two deaths.
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