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STATE TIMES NEWSSRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday recorded 564 new coronavirus cases, taking the caseload to 25,931, while 12 patients died due to the disease in the last 24 hours, officials said.Ten deaths were reported in the Kashmir valley, while two patients died in the Jammu region.With the new fatalities, the COVID-19 death toll in the union territory has risen to 490, of which 453 were from the valley and 37 from the Jammu region, they said.Of the 564 fresh cases, 133 were from the Jammu region and 431 from the valley, the officials said. Among them, 88 had returned to the union territory recently.So far, 17,979 patients have recovered from the infection and the union territory now has 7,462 active coronavirus cases.The officials said Srinagar district in central Kashmir recorded the highest of 90 new COVID-19 cases, followed by 72 in Jammu district. This was for the first time in the last few days that Srinagar district recorded less than 100 fresh cases in a day.Meanwhile, Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam this afternoon chaired a meeting to take stock of the efforts toward mitigating COVID-19 pandemic and review the related Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and policies.Administrative Secretaries of departments of Health & Medical Education, Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction and Mission Director, National Health Mission (NHM) participated in the meeting.Divisional Commissioners of Jammu, Kashmir and Director, SKIMS, Directors of Health Services, Jammu/Kashmir, Principal, GMC, Srinagar along with other HoDs attended the meeting through video conference.Chief Secretary complimented the divisional administration of Jammu province for effectively implementing hospital referral policy to ensure optimal utilization of resources, wherein the tertiary hospitals would only admit critical COVID patients being referred from district hospitals. Directions were issued for daily monitoring of COVID admissions, testing, discharges and bed occupancy across the COVID care institutions.
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