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J&K reports 697 fresh COVID-19 cases, 8 more deaths

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‘One in six being tested for COVID-19 in J&K’

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Friday recorded 697 fresh cases, while eight deaths took place in the last 24 hours, taking the number of cases to 86,754 and death toll to 1,366, officials said.

While 385 new cases were reported from Kashmir, 312 new cases surfaced in Jammu, the officials said.

At 155, Srinagar reported the highest number of new cases, followed by 121 in Jammu, they said.

There are 8,909 active coronavirus cases, while 76,479 patients have recovered so far, they said.

Meanwhile, eight deaths took place in the last 24 hours in the union territory — five in Jammu region and three in the Valley, the officials said.

Meanwhile, officials today said a total of 19,29,126 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Jammu and Kashmir so far. He said that every sixth person has been tested for the infection in the Union Territory.

Jammu and Kashmir has done 1,90,735 tests per million population for SARS-COV2, which is second highest among the major states and UTs after Delhi having 2,28,443 tests per million population, Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Department, Atal Dulloo was quoted as saying by PTI on Friday.

A total of 19,29,126 people have been tested for coronavirus so far and of them, 18,43,069 tested negative and only 86,057 tested positive for the infection, the official said.

According to the official, 75,641 patients have recovered from the infection till now.

“Every sixth person has been tested for COVID-19 infection with aggressive testing strategy in Jammu and Kashmir,” Dulloo said.

He said each district of Jammu and Kashmir has done more than one lakh tests per million population, which is higher than the national 74,231 tests done per million population.

“The UT has been doing more than 25,000 tests per day and has done 19.3 lakh tests till now. Our daily test done per million population per day is around 2,000 which is much higher than the national average of 850 tests per million population per day and far ahead of WHO recommended at least 140 tests per million per day,” the FC added.

The aggressive testing strategy adopted by the UT has helped in early detection of cases and minimising deaths due to the disease, Dulloo said.

“The UT had only one ICMR approved functional laboratory till March 15, 2020, and within the next 15 days, six ICMR approved laboratories were made functional in J-K,” he added.

Dulloo said to further enhance the testing, private laboratories were also roped in.

“At present, 11 ICMR approved government laboratories have been established along with this the UT had started Rapid Point of Care tests which also proved to be a game changer as they helped in early detection,” he said.

“The doubling time of cases which was alarming at around 19 days in August has declined to 95 days now. The recovery rate has also improved to 88 per cent with only 10.5 per cent people having active disease,” he said.

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