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677 new COVID cases, 7 deaths recorded in J&K

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir registered 677 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, taking the tally to 84,708, while the death toll rose to 1,340 with seven more deaths, officials said.

There are 9,866 active cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), while 73,502 patients have recovered so far, according to the officials.

Out of the fresh 677 cases, 313 are from Jammu and 364 from the Kashmir Valley. Srinagar district reported the highest number of 145 new cases, followed by 121 in Jammu district, the officials said.

Three out of the seven more deaths were in Jammu and four in Kashmir, taking the death toll to 1,340, the officials said.

Providing district-wise breakup, the officials said that Srinagar has 16901 positive cases (including 145 cases reported today) with 1721 Active Positive, 14860 recovered (including 112 cases recovered today), 320 deaths; Baramulla has 4963 positive cases (including 53 cases reported today) with 1459 Active Positive, 3372 recovered (including 75 cases recovered today), 132 deaths; Pulwama reported 4290 positive cases (including 43 cases reported today) with 295 active positive cases, 3921 recovered (including 09 cases recovered today), 74 deaths; Kulgam has 2349 positive cases (including 09 case reported today) with 84 Active Positive, 2222 recoveries (including 08 cases recovered today), 43 deaths; Shopian has 2102 positive cases (including 01 case reported today) with 106 Active Positive, 1964 recovered (including 03 cases recovered today), 32 deaths; Anantnag district has 3815 positive cases (including 14 cases reported today) with 346 Active Positive, 3399 recovered (including 50 cases recovered today), 70 deaths;  Budgam has 5472 positive cases (including 35 cases reported today) with 653 Active Positive and 4729 recovered (including 72 cases recovered today), 90 deaths; Kupwara has 3944 positive cases (including 18 cases reported today) with 617 Active Positive, 3257 recovered (including 22 cases recovered today), 70 deaths; Bandipora has 3720 positive cases (including 24 cases reported today) with 346 Active Positive, 3332 recovered (including 22 cases reported today), 42 deaths and  Ganderbal has 3190 positive cases (including 22 cases reported today) with 254 active positive cases, 2906 recoveries (including 25 cases recovered today) and 30 deaths.

In Jammu division, the officials said that Jammu district has 15502 positive cases (including 121 cases reported today) with 1273 active positive cases, 14002 recoveries (including 189 cases recovered today), 227 deaths; Rajouri has 3035 positive cases (including 41 cases reported today) with 425 active positive cases, 2566 recovered (including 37 cases recovered today), 44 deaths; Ramban has 1462 positive cases (including 09 cases reported today) with 85 active positive, 1366 recoveries (including 20 cases recovered today), 11 deaths; Kathua has 2280 positive cases (including 07 cases reported today) with 107 Active positive, 2144 recovered (including 15 cases recovered today), 29 deaths; Udhampur has 2516 positive cases (including 16 cases reported today) with 183 active positive cases, 2310 recovered (including 37 cases recovered today), 23 deaths; Samba has 2010 positive cases (including 21 cases reported today) with 405 Active Positive, 1581 recoveries, 24 deaths; Doda has 2411 positive cases (including 23 cases reported today) with 477 active positive cases, 1894 recoveries (including 55 cases recovered today), 40 deaths; Poonch has 2029 positive cases (including 12 cases reported today) with 666 active positive, 1341 recoveries (including 18 cases reported today), 22 deaths; Reasi has 1157 positive cases (including 23 cases reported today), with 201 active positive, 950 recoveries (including 02 cases recovered today), and 06 deaths while Kishtwar has 1560 positive cases (including 40 cases reported today), with 163 active positive cases and 1386 recoveries  (including 25 cases reported today) and 11 deaths.

India expects to have COVID vaccine from more than one source by early next year: Health minister

New Delhi, Oct 13 (PTI) India is expected to have a COVID-19 vaccine from more than one source by early next year and the government is formulating distribution strategies for the immunisation of people across the country, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Tuesday.

“We’re expecting that early next year we should have vaccine in the country from more than one source.

“We are formulating strategies for planned distribution of the vaccine in the country,” he said in a tweet after chairing the 21st meeting of the high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 through video-conference.

Vardhan had earlier said a COVID-19 vaccine is likely to be available by the first quarter of 2021. He had also said the Centre estimates to receive and utilise 40-50 crore doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, covering 20-25 crore people, by July next year.

On Sunday, the minister said considering the large population size of India, one vaccine or vaccine manufacturer will not be able to fulfil the requirements of vaccinating the entire country and added that the government is open to assessing the feasibility of introducing several COVID-19 vaccines in the country in accordance with their availability.

Vardhan further said the country’s preparedness to make a COVID-19 vaccine available to its citizens was reviewed at the GoM meet.

He added that work is going on around 200 vaccine candidates across the world, of which 151 are in pre-clinical stages and about 40-42 are in various clinical trial stages. Nine vaccine candidates are in an advanced clinical trial stage, of which three are in India.

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